Categorization in the History of English

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, Mikolajczuk, 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 154.9 x 226.1 x 20.3mm | 544.32g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588116190
  • 9781588116192

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. The rhinoceros's problem: the need to categorize (by Aitchison, Jean); 3. Prototypes and foci in the encoding of colour (by Biggam, Carole P.); 4. The notional structure of thesauruses (by Fischer, Andreas); 5. When ignorance is wisdom: some day-to-day problems of classification (by Kay, Christian); 6. CDs, petticoats, skirts, ankas, tamaras and sheilas: The metonymical rise of lexical categories related to the conceptual category FEMALE HUMAN BEING (by Kleparski, Grzegorz A.); 7. The archaeology of medieval texts (by Laing, Margaret); 8. Texts as linguistic objects (by Lass, Roger); 9. ANGER in Polish and English: a semantic comparison with some historical context (by Mikolajczuk, Agnieszka); 10. Folk Classification in the HTE 'Plants' category (by O'Hare, Cerwyss); 11. The vocabulary of PAIN (by Peters, Hans); 12. Classifying the vowels of Middle English (by Smith, Jeremy J.); 13. Categories and taxonomies: A cognitive approach to lexicographical resources (by Sylvester, Louise)show more