Vocabulary  

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A person's vocabulary is the set of words within a language that are familiar to that person. A vocabulary usually develops with age, and serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge.

Depth of knowledge

The differing degrees of word knowledge imply a greater depth of knowledge, but the process is more complex than that. There are many facets to knowing a word, some of which are not hierarchical so their acquisition does not necessarily follow a linear progression suggested by degree of knowledge. Several frameworks of word knowledge have been proposed to better operationalise this concept. One such framework includes nine facets:

  1. orthography - written form
  2. phonology - spoken form
  3. reference - meaning
  4. semantics - concept and reference
  5. register - appropriacy of use
  6. collocation - lexical neighbours
  7. word associations
  8. syntax - grammatical function
  9. morphology - word parts

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definition, dictionary, glossary, language, SIPs, taxonomy, thesaurus, term, word




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