Paradigmatic. Having struggled with cases and the declension of Russian nouns (e.g. -, -, -a, -y, -ом,-e for masculine and -a, -y, -ы, -e, -ой, -e for feminine nouns) I am all too familiar with paradigms but not the adjectival form. I was just wondering if "paradigmatic" is CultStudspeak for the over-used and abused i-word (the one that rhymes with "laconic"). I would offer exemplary, quintessential and archetypal as alternatives. ( By the way, this is another borrowing from Greek. If you needed to say "for example" it would come out as Παραδειγματος χαρη). Are you keeping up at the back, Andy?
was just wondering if "paradigmatic" is CultStudspeak for the over-used and abused i-word (the one that rhymes with "laconic")
Andy will be more up to date than I am on current usage, fashion and nuance, but I think there's some category mixing going on here.
'Paradigmatic' relates to a particular paradigm, something to do with a specific style and period. Thus if you take the example of early 1960s English social realist film, that would itself be the paradigm, while 'Billy Liar' would be an iconic or quintessential example.
At least that's how I see it though of course I'm open to correction.