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Books: Cog Sci/Hist Ling/Semantics: Kay, Smith (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Categorization in the History of English: Kay, Smith (Eds)

Message 1: Categorization in the History of English: Kay, Smith (Eds)

Date: 28-Dec-2004
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Categorization in the History of English: Kay, Smith (Eds)

Title: Categorization in the History of English
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 261

Published: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Christian J Kay, University of Glasgow
Editor: Jeremy J. Smith, University of Glasgow

Hardback: ISBN: 1588116190 Pages: viii, 268 pp. Price: U.S. $ 126.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027247757 Pages: viii, 268 pp. Price: Europe EURO 105.00


The papers in this volume are linked by a common concern, which is at the
centre of current linguistic enquiry: how do we classify and categorize
linguistic data, and how does this process add to our understanding of
linguistic change? The scene is set by Aitchison's paper on the development
of linguistic categorization over the past few decades, followed by
Biggam's critical overview of theoretical developments in colour semantics.
Lexical classification in action is discussed in papers by Fischer, Kay and
Sylvester on the structures of thesauruses, while detailed treatments of
particular semantic areas are offered by Kleparski, Miko³ajczuk, O'Hare and
Peters. Papers by Lass, Laing and Williamson, and Smith are concerned with
the nature of linguistic evidence in the context of the historical record,
offering new insights into text typology, scribal language and vowel
classification. Much of the data discussed is new and original.

Table of contents

Preface vii
The rhinoceros's problem: the need to categorize
Jean Aitchison 1

Prototypes and foci in the encoding of colour
Carole P. Biggam 19

The notional structure of thesauruses
Andreas Fischer 41

When ignorance is wisdom: some day-to-day problems of classification
Christian J. Kay 59

CDs, petticoats, skirts, ankas, tamaras and sheilas: The metonymical rise
of lexical categories related to the conceptual category FEMALE HUMAN BEING
Grzegorz A. Kleparski 71

The archaeology of medieval texts
Margaret Laing and Keith Williamson 85

Texts as linguistic objects
Roger Lass 147

ANGER in Polish and English: a semantic comparison with some historical
Agnieszka Mikołajczuk 159

Folk Classification in the HTE 'Plants' category
Cerwyss O'Hare 179

The vocabulary of PAIN
Hans Peters 193

Classifying the vowels of Middle English
Jeremy J. Smith 221

Categories and taxonomies: A cognitive approach to lexicographical resources
Louise Sylvester 237

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
                            Polish (PQL)

Written In: English (ENG )

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