Lexicology, Semantics and Lexicography: Selected Papers from the Fourth G. L. Brook Symposium, Manchester, August 1998

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The papers in this volume show the range and direction of current work in historical semantics and word-studies. There is a strong focus throughout on semantic change and lexical innovation, interpreted within a sociolinguistic, cultural or textual context. Many of the papers draw on the remarkable range of electronic resources now available to historical linguists, notably corpora, dictionaries, bibliographies and thesauruses, and show the effects that these have had in stimulating new lines of research or the ...
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Overview

The papers in this volume show the range and direction of current work in historical semantics and word-studies. There is a strong focus throughout on semantic change and lexical innovation, interpreted within a sociolinguistic, cultural or textual context. Many of the papers draw on the remarkable range of electronic resources now available to historical linguists, notably corpora, dictionaries, bibliographies and thesauruses, and show the effects that these have had in stimulating new lines of research or the re-interpretation of previous conclusions. Cognitive semantics, and especially prototype theory, emerges as a challenging theoretical framework for much current research. The volume contains a selection from papers presented at the 10th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (10ICEHL). They include work on historical lexicography and an account of the workshop on electronic dictionary resources, such as the Revised Oxford English Dictionary, which formed the centrepiece of the Fourth G. L. Brook Symposium.
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This proceedings was gleaned from a conference on English historical linguistics held in conjunction with the G.L. Brook Symposium at the U. of Manchester in August of 1998. The papers have been written by linguists from the UK, Scotland, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, and Germany; the editors teach English, Kay at the U. of Glasgow, Coleman at the U. of Leicester. Lexical gaps, cognition and linguistic change; folk-etymology; lexical choices in an early translation of Galileo; a prototype-semantic analysis of ; and the vocabulary of consent in Middle English, are a sampling of the themes addressed in the 11 papers. A memoir of G.L. Brook is also included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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