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English ‘Joyful’ Vocabulary – Semantic Developments

by Angelina Żyśko (Author)
Monographs 171 Pages

Summary

The book offers a novel exploration into the semantic development of English terms concerning the concept of ‘joy’ («bliss», «cheer», «delight», «dream», «game», «gladness», «glee», «joy», and «mirth»). The analysis, carried out within the framework of cognitive and historical linguistics, employs the notions of cognitive domains, profiling, and categorisation. The author adopts a panchronic perspective, according to which language reflects the way speakers experience the world. This allows her to provide a new insight into the intrinsic nature of semantic change.

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • List of Abbreviations
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Semantic Fields and Diachrony
  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Jost Trier: the cradle of field theory
  • 1.3 Post-Trier enthusiasts of semantic fields
  • 1.3.1 From Weisgerber to Coseriu
  • 1.3.2 Porzig’s intrinsic meaning relations
  • 1.3.3 Mot-témoin vs. mot-clé
  • 1.3.4 The field structure of life
  • 1.4 Later trends in field theory
  • 1.4.1 The nature of field boundaries
  • 1.4.2 The issue of membership in a semantic field
  • 1.4.3 In search of the centre of a semantic field
  • 1.4.4 Do lexical gaps exist?
  • 1.4.5 The systematisation of field terminology
  • 1.5 The diachronic study of meaning: the notion of semantic change
  • 1.5.1 Semantic change: typologies
  • 1.5.2 Semantic change: causes and conditions
  • 1.5.3 Semantic change: laws and mechanisms
  • 1.5.4 Lexical relations in the context of diachronic semantic change
  • 1.5.5 Diachronic semantic changes within semantic fields
  • 1.6 Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: Cognitive Linguistics and Panchrony
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 The major characteristics of cognitive linguistics
  • 2.3 Cognitive Grammar
  • 2.3.1 Cognitive Grammar as a functionalist approach to language
  • 2.3.2 Meaning as conceptualisation
  • 2.3.3 The symbolic alternative
  • 2.3.4 Embodiment
  • 2.3.5 The interactionist view
  • 2.3.6 The localist view
  • 2.4 The methodology of cognitive linguistics: basic concepts
  • 2.4.1 Categorisation
  • 2.4.2 Cognitive domains
  • 2.4.3 Motivated organisation of domains
  • 2.4.4 Construal
  • 2.4.4.1 Specificity and schematicity
  • 2.4.4.2 Focusing
  • 2.4.4.3 Prominence
  • 2.5 From diachrony to panchrony
  • 2.6 Panchrony as a functional equivalent to diachrony
  • 2.7 Conclusion
  • Chapter 3: Panchrony and English ‘Joy’ Vocabulary
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 The concept of ‘joy’ as an emotion
  • 3.3 English ‘joy’ vocabulary: a historical semantic analysis
  • 3.3.1 Bliss
  • 3.3.2 Cheer
  • 3.3.3 Delight
  • 3.3.4 Dream
  • 3.3.5 Game
  • 3.3.6 Gladness
  • 3.3.7 Glee
  • 3.3.8 Joy
  • 3.3.9 Mirth
  • 3.4 The evolution of the English ‘joy’ vocabulary: the results
  • 3.5 Conclusion
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Index

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List of Abbreviations

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List of Figures

Details

Pages
171
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631701492
ISBN (PDF)
9783653064476
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631701508
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631669198
Language
English
Publication date
2015 (December)
Tags
Cognitive linguistics Historical linguistics Panchrony Semantic field Diachrony Joy terminology
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2016. 171 pp., 46 b/w ill., 5 b/w tables

Biographical notes

Angelina Żyśko (Author)

Angelina Żyśko is an assistant professor in the Department of Cultural Linguistics at the Institute of English, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland. She has published internationally in linguistic journals and volumes on cognitive and historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and panchrony.

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