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What is a lexicon?



A lexicon is the knowledge that a native speaker has about a language. This includes information about

  • the form and meanings of words and phrases
  • lexical categorization
  • the appropriate usage of words and phrases
  • relationships between words and phrases, and
  • categories of words and phrases.

Phonological and grammatical rules are not considered part of the lexicon.

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