A Thousand Years of «Sweet» - A Semantic and Cultural Study

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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... Lire la suite
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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.

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Biographie de Joan Tietz

The Author : Joan Ann Tietz was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1945 and grew up in London. After several years in South and West Africa she studied English Language and Literature, Ancient History and Modern History at the University of Basle, obtaining her lic.phil.degree in 1993. She has since been working in adult education and as a freelance translator.

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