Article published in:Corpus Perspectives on Patterns of Lexis
Edited by Hilde Hasselgård, Jarle Ebeling and Signe Oksefjell Ebeling
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 57] 2013
► pp. 177–208
A finer definition of neology in English
The life-cycle of a word
Neology can be identified in a text corpus at surface level by automatic means (Renouf 1993a). In a diachronic corpus of journalism a lexical neologism can be found by comparing each word in a stream of data with a baseline index. A semantic neologism is identifiable through the change in the word’s collocational environment (Renouf 1993b). In this paper, we examine the changing status of neologisms across time, tracking the ‘life-cycle’ of a word (Renouf 2007), from its first appearance in our text, through its fluctuations in frequency and popularity, to its possible assimilation into mainstream language, and its possible death and re-birth. The study is based on a corpus of 1.2 billion words of UK mainstream newspaper text spanning 1989–2011.
Published online: 27 June 2013
Cited by 7 other publications
Evans, Matthew & Lesley Jeffries
Jiang, Menghan, Xiang Ying Shen, Kathleen Ahrens, Chu-Ren Huang & Joshua Snell
Lombard, Alizée, Richard Huyghe & Pascal Gygax
Ološtiak, Martin & Soňa Rešovská
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 30 june 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.