Semantics and Lexicon

KEYTERMS

1. A set of key terms for the study of semantics and lexicon.

EUPHEMISMS

2. An exercise that asks you to create as many euphemisms as you can for several terms.

GETTING TO KNOW THE OED

3. Oxford English Dictionary exercises, using the online third edition of the OED.

NB: Use the above link to access the OED; the link is broken on the iSite.

SEMANTIC CHANGE I

4. The link below takes you offsite to an exercise given in the format of a short quiz (it doesn't count as a quiz).

SEMANTIC CHANGE II

5. These exercises in pdf format introduce you to metonymy, synecdoche, and other semantic changes. Bring the completed exercise to section.

KENNING

6. From Old English "whale-road" to a fangirl's "beefcake," the kenning is an ancient rhetorical device that is still flourishing today. This exercise asks you to identify kennings from a list and then come up with a few additional ones.

METAPHOR

7. Go to the lead article of the New York Times OR the Harvard Crimson and locate as many metaphors as you can in the first three sentences. If you come up empty-handed, keep reading until you find a metaphor. The lead article is usually on the top left-hand side.