By Elizabeth Closs Traugott
By Richard B. Dasher
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:2001
Online Publication Date:September 2009
Subjects: Semantics and Pragmatics
This new and important study of semantic change examines the various ways in which new meanings arise through language use, especially the ways in which speakers and writers experiment with uses of words and constructions. Drawing on extensive research from over a thousand years of English and Japanese textual history, Traugott and Dasher show that most changes in meaning originate in and are motivated by the associative flow of speech and conceptual metonymy.