A thousand years of sweet

A thousand years of sweet

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The lexical semantic history of sweet and derivatives from its early stages as evidenced in Old English texts until the present day is the subject of this linguistic study. The lexemes are examined in the four semantic fields in which they occur: taste, smell, sound and, finally, metaphorical extension where they refer to feelings or senses regarded as 'pleasant'. This pilot study of common usage of one simple adjective and its derivatives shows correlations between intralingual and extralingual language development. The extent of the emotive baggage carried by even a simple lexical unit is revealed, as well as the underlying importance of secondary semantic traits. It is an important addition to the field of linguistic variation and development in a social and cultural context, or cultural etymology.BIBLIOGRAPHY Dictionaries and Works of Reference Ayto, John (1998). The Oxford ... Clark Hall, J.R. (1960). A concise Anglo Saxon dictionary, 4th edition with a supplement by Herbert D. Meritt. ... Oxford advanced learnersa#39; dictionary of current English. Fourth edition. ... Language change: progress or decay? 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Allerton, D.J. (1982). Valency and theanbsp;...

Title:A thousand years of sweet
Author: Joan Ann Tietz
Publisher:Peter Lang Pub Inc - 2001-07

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