from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The total set of words in a language as distinct from morphology; vocabulary.
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- n. The set of all words and phrases in a language.
- n. The vocabulary used by a writer
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- n. all of the words in a language; all word forms having meaning or grammatical function
Another possibility is that an innovation may represent a shift in the meaning of an older word previously in speakers 'lexis, which is sometimes prompted by new developments in social structure or technologies.
Yes, the pattern grammar analyses that Hunston & Francis have done has added a signifcant new dimension to the grammar-lexis interface (well, not so new, since Hornby had popularised verb patterns in the 1950s but then they fell into disrepute, having become associated with pattern practice drills).
It seemed to me that an over-emphasis on lexis at the expense of grammar would exacerbate this tendency.
And Michael was working on the idea that there was a highly productive seam of collocationally powerful ‘mid-frequency’ lexis that was ripe for investigation.
It was Michael Lewis who was the first to popularize the view that “language consists of grammaticalized lexis, not lexicalized grammar” (1993, p. 34).
It has to be a lexis shaped by the influence appropriate in the context and situation, the proper morphology, word order or prosody etc.
But there is no mistaking her desire to reclaim the Anglo-Saxon lexis of food—and the staples of the Anglo-Saxon diet.
It would be interesting if you dissected the overall plot in this way; Meyer commits just as many crimes on a large scale, as in the finer details such as lexis.
At the same time, it can be a useful reminder that the point of learning a language is not simply a matter of manipulating a point of grammar or memorizing lexis, but something more holistic, and which contributes to the idea of quality education.
Or that could adapt texts to the difficulty level that is required (e.g. by substituting high frequency for low frequency lexis)?