Categorization in the History of English

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The papers in this volume are linked by a common concern, which is at the centre of current linguistic enquiry: how do we classify and categorize linguistic data, and how does this process add to our understanding of linguistic change? The scene is set by Aitchison’s paper on the development of linguistic categorization over the past few decades, followed by Biggam’s critical overview of theoretical developments in colour semantics. Lexical classification in action is discussed in papers by Fischer, Kay and Sylvester on the structures of thesauruses, while detailed treatments of particular semantic areas are offered by Kleparski, Mikołajczuk, O’Hare and Peters. Papers by Lass, Laing and Williamson, and Smith are concerned with the nature of linguistic evidence in the context of the historical record, offering new insights into text typology, scribal language and vowel classification. Much of the data discussed is new and original.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 261]  2004.  viii, 268 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii
The rhinoceros’s problem: the need to categorize
Jean Aitchison
1
Prototypes and foci in the encoding of colour
Carole P. Biggam
19
The notional structure of thesauruses
Andreas Fischer
41
When ignorance is wisdom: some day-to-day problems of classification
Christian Kay
59
CDs, petticoats, skirts, ankas, tamaras and sheilas: The metonymical rise of lexical categories related to the conceptual category FEMALE HUMAN BEING
Grzegorz A. Kleparski
71
The archaeology of medieval texts
Margaret Laing and Keith Williamson
85
Texts as linguistic objects
Roger Lass
147
ANGER in Polish and English: a semantic comparison with some historical context
Agnieszka Mikołajczuk
159
Folk Classification in the HTE ‘Plants’ category
Cerwyss O’Hare
179
The vocabulary of PAIN
Hans Peters
193
Classifying the vowels of Middle English
Jeremy J. Smith
221
Categories and taxonomies: A cognitive approach to lexicographical resources
Louise Sylvester
237
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2004062374