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Title: Webs of Words
Subtitle: New Studies in Historical Lexicology
Description:

"Webs of Words: New Studies in Historical Lexicology" brings together ten
papers on aspects of the history of words and vocabulary, which address
aspects of Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English (including Caribbean varieties),
German, Italian, Māori, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and other languages.
In the first four essays, focusing on pre-1800 material, Karel Kučera and
Martin Stluka’s opening essay discusses the plotting of the relative
historical frequency of common words, drawing on their work with the
diachronic portion of the Czech National Corpus; Ian Lancashire asks why
Tudor England had no monolingual English dictionary; Chiara Benati
discusses the interplay between Low German, High German, and Latin in an
early modern surgical text, and Mateusz Urban sorts out the competing
etymologies of English balcony, Italian balcone, and similar forms in
Persian and Russian. The next six turn to more recent material. Jane Samson
analyzes the nineteenth-century debate as to whether the Māori language was
too primitive to have a word for “blue”; Vivien Waszink discusses the Dutch
prefixes bio- and eco- and their documentation in a new dictionary; Tommaso
Pellin examines a series of attempts to provide a grammatical terminology
in Chinese; Lise Winer surveys the naming of fauna in the English / Creole
of Trinidad and Tobago; Mirosława Podhajecka writes on the treatment of
Russian loanwords in the current revision of the Oxford English Dictionary,
with special attention to Google Books as a research tool; and Isabel
Casanova asks whether Portuguese dictionaries should register English
words. The contributions to this volume share an interest in empirical
evidence rather than in lexicological study at a highly theoretical level,
and in the wide contextualization of the words which constitute this
evidence in the social and cultural lives of their users.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Lexicography
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1443819522
ISBN-13: 9781443819527
Pages: 260
Prices: U.K.£ 39.99