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Title: Change in Meaning and the Meaning of Change
Edited By: Matti Rissanen
Marianna Hintikka
Leena Kahlas-Tarkka
Roderick William McConchie
Series Title: Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki LXXII

The twelve articles of the present volume are grouped under two headings:
'Meaning and mind' and 'Meaning and grammar'. The studies in the first part
mainly deal with cognitive semantics, and those in the second part with
various types of reanalysis and grammaticalisation. Special attention is
paid to language in use as a means of communication, and to change through
variation. The articles make ample use of English corpora from Old to
Present-Day English.

The studies have many points of contact in their discussions of semantic
and structural change over the long history of English. The most obvious
are metaphoric and metonymic changes and the specialisation or
generalisation of meaning. Subjectification is closely connected with many
of the changes discussed, as well as changes in the socio-cultural
environment of the speech community and contacts with speakers of other
languages. The book introduces research done in VARIENG, the Research Unit
for Variation, Contacts and Change in English, at the University of Helsinki.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Modern Language Society
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
English, Middle
English, Old

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789519040288
Pages: 382
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