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Title: Variation and Change in the Lexicon
Subtitle: A corpus-based analysis of adjectives in English ending in –ic and –ical
Written By: Mark Kaunisto
Series Title: Language and Computersm, vol. 63
Description:

The present volume is a corpus-based study of the occurrence, variation,
and change in the use of English adjective pairs in -ic and -ical over
several centuries. The study involves the analysis of large,
multi-million-word corpora representing the English language at various
stages. It examines the nature of competition between the two affixes: what
kind of rivalry existed, what kinds of words entered into competition, and
in what ways the rivalry was resolved. The book presents close studies of
six notably differentiated -ic/-ical adjective pairs, namely
classic/classical, comic/comical, economic/economical, electric/electrical,
historic/historical, and magic/magical, as well as commentaries on some 40
other -ic/-ical pairs, which manifest different types of shifts in use
through history. It also includes critical discussion of general
perceptions on and approaches to the practical use of corpora, stressing
the importance of close and careful study of the materials under analysis.
It further emphasises the value of consulting a variety of sources
alongside corpora, including dictionaries and language usage manuals. This
volume is of interest to language scholars in many fields, including corpus
linguistics, diachronic linguistics, semantic change, lexicology, and word
formation.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Semantics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9042022337
ISBN-13: 9789042022331
Pages: 373
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