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Message 1: Lexicography: Miller "Development of the Czech Lexicon..."

Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 15:42:20 +0000
From: Nick.Miller <>
Subject: Lexicography: Miller "Development of the Czech Lexicon..."

New Dissertation Abstract

Institution: University of Nottingham
Program: MA Slavonic Studies (Research)
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 1999

Author: Nicholas Miller 

Dissertation Title: 
The Development of the Czech Lexicon with Special Reference to
Loan-words & the Post-1989 Situation

Linguistic Field: Lexicography

Subject Language: Czech

Dissertation Director 1: J. Ian Press
Dissertation Director 2: David Norris

Dissertation Abstract:
The paper considers the lexical enrichment of the Czech language with
special emphasis on loan-words and the period following the 1989
Velvet Revolution.

Part 1 considers the history of the language from its known beginnings
until the present day, emphasizing the influence of historical events
on the Czech lexicon.

Part 2 considers why native lexica are influenced from without and the
forms of this lexical enrichment.

Part 3 looks at the origins of loan-words, considering the
relationship between various semantic spheres and particular foreign
language influences. It also considers the role of various languages
in the development of the Czech lexicon. The specific languages
discussed are German, English, French, Slovak and Russian.

Part 4 concentrates on loan-words, examining their integration into
the Czech lexicon. Considered are phonological, orthographic and
morphological adaptations in relation to foreign nouns, adjectives,
verbs and adverbs.

Part 5 considers the period following the Velvet Revolution, looking
at the particular linguistic situation of this period and
investigating the lexical changes occurring as a result.

Part 6 is an empirical study of 10 contemporary loan-words,
considering recognition, usage and opinion of these words among
Czechs, as well as gender assignation and declension, and synonymy
with the words themselves.

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