AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 Question 2 Semantic field

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Hey there, would you say this paragraph and part of the extract contains a semantic field a series of linked words and phrases that form uniformity and cohesion

Mr Fisher remembered a time – surely, not so long ago – when books were golden, when
imaginations soared, when the world was filled with stories which ran like gazelles and
pounced like tigers and exploded like rockets, illuminating minds and hearts. He had seen it
happen; had seen whole classes swept away in the fever. In those days, there were
heroes; there were dragons and dinosaurs; there were space adventurers and soldiers of
fortune and giant apes. In those days, thought Mr Fisher, we dreamed in colour, though
films were in black and white, and good always triumphed in the end.
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(Original post by liamlarner)
Hey there, would you say this paragraph and part of the extract contains a semantic field a series of linked words and phrases that form uniformity and cohesion

Mr Fisher remembered a time – surely, not so long ago – when books were golden, when
imaginations soared, when the world was filled with stories which ran like gazelles and
pounced like tigers and exploded like rockets, illuminating minds and hearts. He had seen it
happen; had seen whole classes swept away in the fever. In those days, there were
heroes; there were dragons and dinosaurs; there were space adventurers and soldiers of
fortune and giant apes. In those days, thought Mr Fisher, we dreamed in colour, though
films were in black and white, and good always triumphed in the end.
Nah not really, you need to look more at sustaining a cohesive range of words/phrases that lend to ideas of "uniformity and cohesion" otherwise your piece loses meaning and depending on the exam board, they may just think you're blindly putting random incoherent phrases together. My guess is you're aiming for a grade 6 so to push yourself up to a 7 I would suggest re-reading your paragraph and altering words/phrases so that they are more fitting
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A semantic field is words drawn from the same category of meaning i.e. gun, soldier, grenade, battle are all drawn from the semantic field of war.

For reference, twenty years ago no one talked about semantic fields and now everyone tries to work it in somewhere. It’s a trend, along with the rather useless strategy of labelling words as verbs, adjectives and nouns. Neither of these strategies is usually done correctly or appropriately and usually stand out as people desperately trying to identify some sort of feature.

You’re in much stronger territory if you just try to focus on the basic relationship between language and meaning. Reading that paragraph it is quite obvious that the character is indulging in nostalgia. This much is evident from the fact he remembers a “time when books were golden”, a metaphor that evokes the idea of a golden age of literature but which also implies that books have depreciated in value since this time, given that it is used in contrast with his current, more humdrum circumstances.

Focus on what, who, when, where and why and consider the language envelope in which the idea has been encased. Build a case around the meaning that you perceive, don’t just try for pat, pithy or generic comments about functional aspects of language or non-existent features.
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quite right, simply employing premodifying verbs and adjectives is not enough to class a paragraph/sentence/phrase and part of a semantic field; you need to get into the reader's shoes and force them to read between the lines so that they can form their own opinions and establish connections to various parts of the text, this is what will earn you more marks/credit in exams as it is hat examiners are looking for
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A semantic field is words drawn from the same category of meaning i.e. gun, soldier, grenade, battle are all drawn from the semantic field of war.

For reference, twenty years ago no one talked about semantic fields and now everyone tries to work it in somewhere. It’s a trend, along with the rather useless strategy of labelling words as verbs, adjectives and nouns. Neither strategies is usually done correctly or appropriately and usually stand out as people desperately trying to identify some sort of feature.

You’re in much stronger territory if you just try to focus on the basic relationship between language and meaning. Reading that paragraph it is quite obvious that the character is indulging in nostalgia. This much is evident from the fact he remembers a “time when books were golden”, a metaphor that evokes the idea of a golden age of literature but which also implies that books have depreciated in value since this time, given that it is used in contrast with his current, more humdrum circumstances.

Focus on what, who, when, where and why and consider the language envelope in which the idea has been encased. Build a case around the meaning that you perceive, don’t just try for pat, pithy or generic comments about functional aspects of language or non-existent features.
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