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How Words and Vocabularies Change  

Dirk Geeraerts

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Jun 2015
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Mar 2014
This chapter introduces the distinction between semasiology and onomasiology, and surveys the main mechanisms of semasiological and onomasiological change, i.e. mechanism of meaning change ... More

Lexicography from Earliest Times to the Present  

Patrick Hanks

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Mar 2013
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Jul 2013
A dictionary is an inventory of the words of a language, with explanations or translations. All major languages and many others have dictionaries. This chapter traces the development of ... More

The syntax-lexicon continuum  

Cristiano Broccias

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
The lexicon is traditionally viewed as distinct from the syntax of a language. Standard accounts of the history of the English language have separate chapters on syntax and vocabulary. The ... More

Using dictionaries and thesauruses as evidence  

Julie Coleman

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Nov 2012
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Nov 2012
Dictionaries and thesauruses provide a wealth of evidence about language use, and about linguistic anxieties and attitudes. With the possible exception of those based on corpora, ... More

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