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Current Methods in Historical Semantics [electronic resource].

By: Allan, Kathryn.
Contributor(s): Robinson, Justyna A.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Berlin : De Gruyter Mouton, 2011Description: 1 online resource (356 p.).ISBN: 9783110252903 (electronic bk.); 3110252902 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): English language | Semantics | Language and languages | English language -- Semantics, Historical | Semantics, Historical | FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Ancient Languages | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & ComparativeGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Current Methods in Historical SemanticsDDC classification: 417.7 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Preface; Introduction: Exploring the "state of the art" in historical semantics; Section 1: Data and sources; Using OED data as evidence; Developing The Historical Thesaurus of the OED; The NeoCrawler: identifying and retrieving neologisms from the internet and monitoring on-going change; Commentary; Section 2: Corpus-based methods; How anger rose: Hypothesis testing in diachronic semantics; Diachronic collostructional analysis: How to use it and how to deal with confounding factors; Tracing semantic change with Latent Semantic Analysis; Commentary; Section 3: Theoretical Approaches.
A sociolinguistic perspective on semantic changeA pragmatic approach to historical semantics, with special reference to markers of clausal negation in Medieval French; The pervasiveness of contiguity and metonymy in semantic change; A cognitive approach to the methodology of semantic reconstruction: The case of English chin and knee; Commentary; Subject index; Index of word forms and concepts.
Summary: Innovative, data-driven methods provide more rigorous and systematic evidence for the description and explanation of diachronic semantic processes. The volume systematises, reviews, and promotes a range of empirical research techniques and theoretical perspectives that currently inform work across the discipline of historical semantics. In addition to emphasising the use of new technology, the potential of current theoretical models (e.g. within variationist, sociolinguistic or cognitive frameworks) is explored along the way.
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Preface; Introduction: Exploring the "state of the art" in historical semantics; Section 1: Data and sources; Using OED data as evidence; Developing The Historical Thesaurus of the OED; The NeoCrawler: identifying and retrieving neologisms from the internet and monitoring on-going change; Commentary; Section 2: Corpus-based methods; How anger rose: Hypothesis testing in diachronic semantics; Diachronic collostructional analysis: How to use it and how to deal with confounding factors; Tracing semantic change with Latent Semantic Analysis; Commentary; Section 3: Theoretical Approaches.

A sociolinguistic perspective on semantic changeA pragmatic approach to historical semantics, with special reference to markers of clausal negation in Medieval French; The pervasiveness of contiguity and metonymy in semantic change; A cognitive approach to the methodology of semantic reconstruction: The case of English chin and knee; Commentary; Subject index; Index of word forms and concepts.

Innovative, data-driven methods provide more rigorous and systematic evidence for the description and explanation of diachronic semantic processes. The volume systematises, reviews, and promotes a range of empirical research techniques and theoretical perspectives that currently inform work across the discipline of historical semantics. In addition to emphasising the use of new technology, the potential of current theoretical models (e.g. within variationist, sociolinguistic or cognitive frameworks) is explored along the way.

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