English Historical Linguistics 2008: Words, texts and genres

English Historical Linguistics 2008: Words, texts and genres

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The fifteen papers selected for Volume II of English Historical Linguistics 2008 have a different emphasis than those in Volume I (CILT 314, Lenker et al. 2010). Nine concentrate on the development of the English vocabulary and six on historical text linguistics, including the development of text-types and of politeness strategies. Of those in the former group, three have their emphasis on etymology, three on semantic fields, and three on word-formation, although some cover more than one of these areas. The topics include: the treatment of etymological problems in the OED; deverbal derivations formed from native verbs and from loan-verbs; the role of metaphor and metonymy in the evolution of word-fields. The field of historical text linguistics is introduced by a general survey, which is followed by more specific studies focussing on 15th-century legal and administrative texts from Scotland, on early 15th-century women's mystical writings, on medical recipes from the 16th to the 18th centuries and on pauper letters from 18th-century Essex. The book should appeal to scholars interested in English etymology, the history of semantic fields and of word-formation, as well as in historical text linguistics, politeness strategies and standardization. It provides not only theoretical considerations but also a wealth of case studies.In spite of the limitations of Old English data, it is clear that the numbers ofwords and meanings have increased from Old English to the Present-day English. ... 001 8 001 9 001 1 0 001 1 1001 2001 3001 4001 5001 6001 1 1 0 0 1 6110 monosemous words 6110 monosemous and ... in WordNet Monosemous Monosemous + polysemous 10000 10000 1000 1000 100 100 r o f c l u s t e r s r o f c l u s t e r sanbsp;...


Title:English Historical Linguistics 2008: Words, texts and genres
Author: Ursula Lenker, Hans Sauer, Judith Huber, Gaby Waxenberger, Robert Mailhammer
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2012
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