Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Lexical is an adjective that pertains to the words (rather than grammar) in a language. Lexis is a noun meaning the vocabulary or total stock of words in a language.

explanatory context

Lexicon is similar to lexis but sometimes implied the documentation of the vocabulary, as in a dictionary.

analytical review

Anonymous (undated) writes:

Lexical knowledge encompasses all the information that is known about words and the relationships among them. Outside of strictly linguistic knowledge such as phonology, morphology, and grammatical categories, this includes conceptual knowledge, such as on various ontological categories, and pragmatic knowledge, such as conventional usages for certain words.

associated issues


related areas

See also




Anonymous, undated, 'Representing Lexical Knowledge', available at, accessed 29 January 2013, still available 9 June 2019.

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