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Diachrony of Semantic Conversives in English

 

Plan

 

Introduction

 

Part I. Semantic Conversives in Competence and Performance:

 

1.1. The Overview of Semantic Conversives

 

1.2. Classification of Semantic Conversives:

 

1.2.1. Classification of Semantic Conversives According to their

Morphological Features

 

1.2.2. Classification of Semantic Conversives According to Their

Semantic Features

 

1.2.3. Quasi Conversives

 

1.3. Componential Analysis of Semantic Conversives:

 

To sell Semantic Structure in the Language System

 

To buy - Semantic Structure in the Language System

 

Part II. The Overview of Semantic Changes:

 

 

Classification of Semantic Changes According to the Logical Relations

Between Successive Meanings

 

Etymology and Cultural Traces Implied by Semantic Changes

 

Hermann Pauls Assumptions:

 

The Process of Isolation

 

Special Factors

 

General Assumptions

 

Part III. Diachrony of Semantic Conversives:

 

Text / Discourse Definition

 

3.2. Diachronic Aspects of Semantic Conversives Development

 

Diachrony of the Conversive Pairs to give : to take and to sell : to

buy:

 

Semantic Structure of the Old English yfan and the Middle English

yiven

 

3.3.2. The Functioning of the Verbs with the Meaning of to take in

Anglo-Saxon and Middle English

 

3.3.3. Diachrony of the Semantics of the Verb to sell

 

Evolution of the Semantic Conversive to buy

 

Conclusions

 

Bibliography

 

Supplement 1. The Semantic Structure of the Conversive To Sell

 

Supplement 2. The Semantic Structure of the Conversive To Buy

 

Supplement 3. Extracts from Beowulf Containing the Verb to sell

 

Supplement 4. Extracts from Beowulf Containing the Verb to buy

 

Introduction.

 

The language is a phenomenon which can be represented as a system of

systems. Semantics can also be presented as a system of subsystems.

Besides, all the languages fall under the influence of semantic changes.

History of the language deals with the descriptive analysis of the

changes that took place during the latters development. For example,

the history of the English language traces the changes that occurred in

one of the dialects of Primitive West Germanic during the last 1500

years. More specifically, historic semantics is the study of the

semantic diachronic changes that took place in the word stock of a

certain language during a certain period of time.

 

Thus, the objective of this paper is the study of semantic conversives

in English competence and performance and examining of the changes in

their semantic structure that occurred from the Old English period and

later on.

 

With the exception of the units, "conversive by themselves" (that are

further analyzed in the present thesis), conversion occupies a definite

place among the types of the lexical semantic correlations: it is

characterized by the equipollent opposition of the units (that are

differentiated by "converse" sememes), their contrastive distribution,

and the conversives' ability of being used in the same context (cf. to

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