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con·tent word

A word, such as a noun, verb, or adjective, that has a statable lexical meaning, rather than indicating a syntactic function, as a function word does.

content word

(Linguistics) a word to which an independent meaning can be given by reference to a world outside any sentence in which the word may occur. Compare function word, lexical meaning

con′tent word`

a word, typically a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb, that carries semantic content, bearing reference to the world independently of its use within a particular sentence (disting. from function word).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.content word - a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
head word, headword - a content word that can be qualified by a modifier
noun - a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
verb - a content word that denotes an action, occurrence, or state of existence
modifier, qualifier - a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
lexical meaning - the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
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7) includes three main features that should be emphasized in a basic model of English intonation when teaching Spanish speakers: (a) the nucleus on the last content word, (b) the tonal peak on the nucleus, and (c) a pitch height difference on the nucleus from a level 3 to a level 4 to differentiate neutral declarative utterances from emphatic ones.
As Boomer (1970) pointed out the words preceded by a pause, the so-called 'h' (or hesitant) words are not necessarily the first word immediately following a pause, rather they are the first content word following a pause (noun, verb, adjective or adverb).
The current study used a similar procedure where relevant words included names, content words, and words providing the meaning or context of a content word.
The position of each content word is not taken into account, i.
Table 1 reproduces the frequency hierarchy of the 100 most common words, either function or content words (the latter in italics), which are in a ratio 3:1, the first content word states being ranked as the 28th.
water stood beneath, bloody and troubled' Finally, under is often attached to a content word, forming a new item, like: 6) OE under + standan > understandan 'understand' OE under + licgan > underlicgan 'underlie' This process is a regular method of glossing a Latin compound with sub (or its variant) as its first element, e.
Di Meola proposes three necessary conditions on the context of use for a certain content word or syntactic structure to be reanalyzed as a preposition (p.
A basic model should include the following basic features: (a) the association of the highest tonal peak with the nucleus (b) the nucleus with a content word (c) pitch level differences from 3 to 4 to distinguish between neutral and emphatic sentences (d) significant durational differences between stressed and unstressed syllables and words (e) sentence focusing by means of the shifting of the pitch accent over the focussed word.
These are content word associations, similar to the ones that the BBI Dictionary of English Word Combinations (Benson, Benson, & Ilson, 1997) describes.
None of the low SES Nursery children scored in this task, but two high SES Nursery children read one content word and another one read three functors.
Atomistic measures of cohesion have focused on cohesive ties--words or phrases that pre-suppose the existence of another element elsewhere in the text (Fitzgerald & Spiegel, 1986), such as repetition of a content word, use of a pronoun or synonym, or conjunctions that allude to preceding propositions (e.
where w is a content word in the previous U, and w' is a content word in a candidate for S.

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