Semantic Field (copy)

A group of words that are related or analogous in meaning, and are often connected with a particular context of use. An alternative, similar term sometimes used by linguists is lexical cluster. Thus, words such as goal, offside, corner kick, and referee could be said to belong to the semantic field of football (soccer). This is rather benign. However, a newspaper article that is oppositional to immigration containing words like swamped, flooded, and deluged is arguably a less benevolent semantic field. Students of Language and Literature should be alert to this kind of ideological discourse.

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