LINGUIST List 16.942
Mon Mar 28 2005
Qs: Nominal Compounds; English Semantic Change
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English Semantic Change
Message 1: Nominal Compounds
From: Denis Jamet <denis.jametlibertysurf.fr>
Subject: Nominal Compounds
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I am currently working on nominal compounds (N N, N-N or NN), and more
precisely on the first noun, very often referred to as the determiner in
lexicology. Most of the time, the first noun cannot be put in the plural,
as it is used as an adjective would be : a brick factory, and not *a bricks
Yet, when I read newspapers, I come across such compounds more and more
often: Iraq's AntiquitiES Department, JobS report, JobS growth, PayrollS
I was wondering if you knew of any articles or books on this subject. I'll
post a summary if necessary.
Thanks a lot in advance.
Associate Professor of English Linguistics
Message 2: English Semantic Change
From: Oxana Doudina <oxanadoudinayahoo.de>
Subject: English Semantic Change
My name is Oxana Doudina. I am a student in American and British Studies at
the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. I am thinking of writing my
Magisterarbeit (master thesis) in linguistics and in particular on
I want to investigate semantic change in English through modern times
(amelioration, pejoration etc.) Here is my question: Where can I look for
references for this topic? I looked on the Internet and amazon, they
suggest something, however, not very useful.
I would appreciate your ideas. Thank you very much for your time.
Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
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