Word study “Daft” (adj)/ENGL226 History of English
ENGL226 History of English
Homework Assignment 2
(10% toward your final grade)
This assignment is a short analysis of a dictionary entry of a single word (assigned to you by the instructor). You are to show a pattern / patterns of development of the word’s meaning and pronunciation from Old English to Modern English. You should use the Oxford English Dictionary (The Oxford dictionary of English, ) for the dates when new meanings were first recorded. In addition, I want you to use at least one other resources, such as a dictionary or corpus:
Dictionary of Old English (see below)
Electronic Middle English Dictionary: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/med/
Corpus of Historical American English: http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/
Corpus of Contemporary American English: http://corpus.byu.edu/coha/
British National Corpus: http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/
Google Ngram Viewer (https://books.google.com/ngrams) is a convenient tool to monitor the frequency of the word(s) usage in texts over time.
Your analysis of semantic changes should include observations about the time frame when the word has been in use in English, as well as description of one or two new meanings with a reasonable explanation of the type of semantic change (amelioration, pejoration, generalization, specialization, metaphor, metonymy, semantic loan
Your analysis of phonetic/phonological changes should include at least two sound changes during OE, ME and/or MnE that were discussed in class. Please include the Great Vowel Shift (if applicable).
Your analysis must be around 250 words.
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The Dictionary had only written words from A-G.