Semantic change in William Shakespeare: a case study from sonnet 130

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Semantic change in William Shakespeare: a case study from sonnet 130

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Título: Semantic change in William Shakespeare: a case study from sonnet 130
Autor: Galán da Costa, Ana Lis
Director/es: Guzmán González, Trinidad
Facultad/Centro: Facultad de Filosofia y Letras
Area de conocimiento: Filologia Inglesa
Resumen: This dissertation focuses in semantic change in the English language as particularised in a selection of words from Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare: wire, rare, reek and mistress. The reasons why this topic has been selected are the need to raise an awareness of the changing nature of the meaning of words and, through the knowledge of the semantic change in these words, to allow a better understanding of Shakespeare’s sonnets –thus providing evidence of the need of sound rigorous philological work in the edition of works from earlier periods. An introduction containing the theoretical framework about semantic change and about the relevant linguistic period (Early Modern English, EModE, henceforth) is followed by an account and discussion of main facts concerning Shakespeare’s life, works and language, with particular attention to the sonnets. The textual work consists of research into authoritative reference (etymological) works in order to outline the various semantic changes undergone by the above-mentioned words. These changes have been traced back as early in time as necessary, on the one hand, while, on the other, their semantic histories from Shakespeare’s time till Present-Day English have also been described. The TFG is closed by an analysis of the main tendencies detected and by the general conclusions
Titulación: Grado en Filología Moderna
Fecha: 2016-02-23
Fecha de lectura: 2016-04-22
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/bachelorThesis
Materia: Lengua inglesa
Palabras clave: Semántica
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
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