Change in Life, Change in Language: A Semantic Approach to the History of English by Maria Begoña Crespo GarciaChange in Life, Change in Language: A Semantic Approach to the History of English by Maria Begoña Crespo Garcia

Change in Life, Change in Language: A Semantic Approach to the History of English

byMaria Begoña Crespo Garcia

Hardcover | March 27, 2013

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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.
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 Engl...
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Title:Change in Life, Change in Language: A Semantic Approach to the History of EnglishFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:March 27, 2013Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631634536

ISBN - 13:9783631634530

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Contents: Semantic change – Semantic change models – Semantic field – Componential analysis – Language change – Socio-historical Linguistics – Outer history – Inner history – Helsinki Corpus of English Texts.