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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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Paradigmatic


core definition

Paradigmatic refers to the relationship between a set of linguistic items that form mutually exclusive choices.


explanatory context

The term used in semiological analysis.


analytical review

Chandler (2011) states:

Whereas syntagmatic analysis studies the 'surface structure' of a text, paradigmatic analysis seeks to identify the various paradigms (or pre-existing sets of signifiers) which underlie the manifest content of texts. This aspect of structural analysis involves a consideration of the positive or negative connotations of each signifier (revealed through the use of one signifier rather than another), and the existence of 'underlying' thematic paradigms (e.g. binary oppositions such as public/private). 'Paradigmatic relations' are the oppositions and contrasts between the signifiers that belong to the same set from which those used in the text were drawn.


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

linguistics

semiology

syntagmatic

Researching the Real World Section 5


Sources

Chandler, D., 2011, Semiotics for Beginners: Syntagmatic analysis, last updated 10 November 2011, available at http://users.aber.ac.uk/dgc/Documents/S4B/sem05.html , accessed 21 January 2013, page not available 24 December 2016.


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