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componential analysis

noun, Linguistics
1.
the analysis of a set of related linguistic items, especially word meanings, into combinations of features in terms of which each item may be compared with every other, as in the analysis of man into the semantic features “male,” “mature,” and “human,” woman into “female,” “mature,” and “human,” girl into “female,” “immature,” and “human,” and bull into “male,” “mature,” and “bovine.”.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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noun

the analysis of the meaning of an expression by looking at its semantic components

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noun

in linguistics, the analysis of aspects of language into contrastive components or distinctive features

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