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Change in Life, Change in Language

A Semantic Approach to the History of English

by Maria Begoña Crespo Garcia (Author)
©2013 Monographs 145 Pages

Summary

This book provides the reader with a description of the semantic change that took place over two periods of the history of English language: Middle English and Early Modern English. In view of the fact that semantic change is the type of change by which the relationship between language and society can be traced best, notes on the socio-historical background of the period have been included. They are followed by the analysis of language change in general in which some of the literature on the topic is reviewed and the author’s interpretation of change as being caused by external factors is made clear. For this reason, terminology and concepts relating to the field of socio-historical linguistics have been incorporated in the analysis. The core of the work is semantic change and the linguistic study of vocabulary items which belong to the field of person-rank nouns. The results of the analysis indicate a tendency towards specialisation in the meaning of lexical categories which runs parallel to specialisation in society.

Details

Pages
145
Year
2013
ISBN (PDF)
9783653028942
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631634530
DOI
10.3726/978-3-653-02894-2
Language
English
Publication date
2013 (July)
Keywords
bilingualism/diglossia language and society Middle English early Modern English causes of language change
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 145 pp., 3 b/w fig., 11 tables

Biographical notes

Maria Begoña Crespo Garcia (Author)

Begoña Crespo is a senior lecturer at the University of La Coruña (Spain). She has been teaching English language and culture since 1996. She earned her PhD in English Philology in 2001 and has published several works on semantic change in English, historical word-formation and the lexicon of medieval and (Early) Modern scientific English. She is head of the research project «Women discourse and variation in English Scientific Texts (1700-1930)».

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