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what is a lexical field?

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 2:15 pm
by scarlet862
Could you please tell me what a lexical field is?

Lexical field

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:20 am
by Rat07
Dear Scarlet,

I response to your question "What is a lexical field?".

According to what i have learned, "Lexical" comes from the word Lexicography.
Lexico = word, graphy = picture.
Lexicography is the collection of words and pictures, serving as dictionary maker. It is a subfield extanded from applied linguistics (AL). If you happen to take teaching training course, you must aware of AL.

I'm not professional. Tell me if i'm wrong!


Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:44 pm
by Fathy
hi dear scarlet and Rat07

Lexical field or semantic field is the way of organizing related words and expressions into a system which shows their relationship to one another. For example, father, mother, uncle, and aunt,... belong to one lexical field.

Re: what is a lexical field?

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:21 pm
by DanielCV
Fathy's answer is good.

However, a lexical field is not a semantic field. A semantic field corresponds to the semantic options (concepts) you have for a particular slot in a clause while a lexical field corresponds to the lexical options (terms) you have for the same slot. For instance, one person may say "yesterday I met my nanny" while another person may say "yesterday I met my grandma". These clauses represent identical events, that is, they are semantically equivalent, but they represent the identical events with different terms, namely "nanny" versus "grandma".

One way of describing English consists of assuming that "nanny" and "grandma" are different terms associated with the same concept. Since these are different terms, they are two options within the same lexical field. However, since they are associated with a single concept, they are associated with one option in a semantic field that includes "grandpa", "mother", "father" etc..

I hope this helps. -- Daniel