Old and Middle English Sickness-nouns in Historical Perspective. A Lexico-Semantic Analysis
The monograph aims at filling a long-existing gap in English historical linguistics by offering a comprehensive account of the semantic development of Old and Middle English synonyms of the term sickness, and an examination of possible conditioning factors leading to the loss of Anglo-Saxon lexical items, presented within the context of previous research on the semantic change in general, and theoretical and practical discussion of English medieval medicine, in particular. Analyzing the origin and meaning of the terms within the overall structure of the lexical field, the author also considers different chronological layers of the sickness-nouns and the explicatory techniques used by the scribe when presenting those terms to their reader. The book will be of interest to lexicologists, scholars interested in historical language for specialized purposes, as well as historians of medicine.
About the author
Marta Sylwanowicz, Assistant Professor at the School of English, University of Social Sciences, Warsaw. Her research interests include historical (corpus) linguistics, language contact and the evolution of scientific writing. In her recent studies, the author focuses on English medical terminology of the medieval and early modern period.
Table of Contents
|1 Semantic change in English: a review of earlier research and an outline of the present study|
|2 Medieval English medicine|
|3 General terms denoting sickness in Old English|
|4 General terms denoting sickness in Middle English|
|5 The loss of sickness-nouns|