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the meaning of a word in common usage by speakers of the language; dictionary definition

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  • Lexical insertion

    noun 1. (generative grammar) the process in which actual morphemes of a language are substituted either for semantic material or for place-fillers in the course of a derivation of a sentence

  • Lexicality

    [lek-si-kuh l] /ˈlɛk sɪ kəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language, especially as distinguished from its grammatical and syntactical aspects. 2. of, relating to, or of the nature of a . /ˈlɛksɪkəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to items of vocabulary in a language 2. of or relating […]



  • Lexicalize

    [lek-si-kuh-lahyz] /ˈlɛk sɪ kəˌlaɪz/ verb (used with object), lexicalized, lexicalizing. Linguistics. 1. to convert (an affix, a phrase, etc.) into a item, as in using the suffix -ism as the noun ism. 2. to represent (a set of semantic features) by a item. /ˈlɛksɪkəˌlaɪz/ verb 1. (linguistics) to form (a word or lexeme) or (of […]

  • Lexically

    [lek-si-kuh l] /ˈlɛk sɪ kəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language, especially as distinguished from its grammatical and syntactical aspects. 2. of, relating to, or of the nature of a . /ˈlɛksɪkəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to items of vocabulary in a language 2. of or relating […]



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