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Query Details

Query Subject:   How old is lexical blending?
Author:   Suzanne Kemmer
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Lexicography

Query:   Does anybody know how old lexical blending is in English?
Besides the Lewis Carroll examples like _slithy_ and _chortle_,
which date from 1872, I have found one blend in George Eliot's Middlemarch
(_Corregiosity_) and then the next oldest I have are citations
in reference works : 1896 (_brunch_ ) and 1905 (_smog_).

Has anybody collected any earlier lexical blends? I would have
thought Dickens might have created some but of course it's difficult to
search until you know a specific example. Shakespeare would
be another likely creator of blend neologisms.
(anybody know a Shakespeare list I can post this query to?).

Thanks for help.
Suzanne Kemmer

Sun, 11 Jun 2000 13:23:32 GMT
gezim gurga
Bibliography of Lexical Synonymy

I am a lecturer of semantics at the University of Tirana (Albania) and a
have a desperate need for a bibliography on lexical synonymy.
Can you help me, please?
LL Issue: 11.1309
Date posted: 11-Jun-2000


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