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Title: The Power of Words
Subtitle: Essays in Lexicography, Lexicology and Semantics
Edited By: Graham S. Caie
Carole A. Hough
Irené Wotherspoon
Series Title: Costerus NS 163

This volume comprises essays in lexicography, lexicology and semantics by
leading international experts in these fields. The contributions cover
Old, Middle and Present-Day English and Scots, and specific subjects
include medical vocabulary, colour lexemes, and semantic and pragmatic
meaning in terms for politeness, money and humour. In the area of Old
English studies there are articles on kinship terminology and colour
lexemes, and in Middle English a semantic and syntactic study of the
overlapping of the verbs dreden and douten. Many of the essays make
use of the Historical Thesaurus of English project at the University of
Glasgow, and pay tribute to its Director, Professor Christian Kay; e.g.,
one article demonstrates how the HTE, a project which is at the interface
between historical semantics and lexicography, may present a rich resource
for information about the lexicalization of concepts within our culture,
such as changing social attitudes in the area of will, consent and
coercion. Other resources, such as The Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle
, and the Oxford English Dictionary provide a rich source for
information on historical lexicography, semantics and editing. A number of
essays concern the Scots language, such as an analysis of evaluative terms
in modern Scots speech and writing, the rich potential of rhyme in Scots,
and the role of lexicon in th- fronting in Glaswegian.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
English, Middle
English, Old
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9042021217
ISBN-13: 9789042021211
Pages: 242
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