Article published in:Linguistics and Literary History: In honour of Sylvia Adamson
Edited by Anita Auer, Victorina González-Díaz, Jane Hodson and Violeta Sotirova
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature 25] 2016
► pp. 71–86
Chapter 4. Borrowing and copy
A philological approach to Early Modern English lexicology
Adamson (1999) demonstrates the importance of “copy” (copia) as a motivation for lexical borrowing in early modern English. Our paper will take this observation as its starting point. Using data from the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary to gain an overview of the available words realizing a given concept, we will investigate the evidence for the use of each of these words in the sixteenth century, as recorded in early books that can be accessed via Early English Books Online (EEBO). Our study will investigate how far certain words are confined to particular registers, and how far spread between registers can be detected using these resources. It will also examine how far we can identify diachronically what was the “usual” word realizing a particular meaning, what were its marked synonyms, and how these words interacted semantically.
Published online: 20 October 2016
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