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Hi!

To prepare for English Language AS, I have to find the definitions of these terms. I've looked online and most of the definitions are very long winded and hard for me to get a grasp of. Are there simplified definitions of these words?

Lexis

Semantics

Phonology

Prosody

Discourse


Many thanks in advance!
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Hey

Let's see what short definitions I can think of...

Lexis is the level of language that deals with vocabulary.
Semantics is the level concerned with meaning.
Phonology is the linguistic branch concerned with the sound system of a language (is also referred to as the sound system itself)
Prosody has something to do with rhythm, stress and intonation in a sentence, though I can't give you a concrete definition, sorry.
As for discourse, this regulates the ways we think and speak about certain topics in particular forms/structures... if that makes any sense haha!

I hope this was helpful in any way
Good luck!
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as i know, lexis is a term used to refer to the vocabulary in a language , semantic is the study of meaning, phonology is the study of sound (how sound is organized and its function in language), porsody is the study of tune and rhythm of speech and how these features contribute to meaning, and discourse is the use of written and spoken language in the real social context and it is likely to correlate with sociolinguistic...
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(Original post by maliese)
Hey

Let's see what short definitions I can think of...

Lexis is the level of language that deals with vocabulary.
Semantics is the level concerned with meaning.
Phonology is the linguistic branch concerned with the sound system of a language (is also referred to as the sound system itself)
Prosody has something to do with rhythm, stress and intonation in a sentence, though I can't give you a concrete definition, sorry.
As for discourse, this regulates the ways we think and speak about certain topics in particular forms/structures... if that makes any sense haha!

I hope this was helpful in any way
Good luck!
(Original post by anglophilegirl)
as i know, lexis is a term used to refer to the vocabulary in a language , semantic is the study of meaning, phonology is the study of sound (how sound is organized and its function in language), porsody is the study of tune and rhythm of speech and how these features contribute to meaning, and discourse is the use of written and spoken language in the real social context and it is likely to correlate with sociolinguistic...
Thank you both so much! That makes a ton more sense

Would I be right in thinking that phonology is related to phonetics?
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Thank you both so much! That makes a ton more sense

Would I be right in thinking that phonology is related to phonetics?
absolutely yeah
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absolutely yeah
Great
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