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This is mainly for anyone doing Language Change A level, though others are welcome to have a go...
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When the meaning of a word broadens
Dog was a particualr breed, but now includes all breeds
When we change language to make it more consistent
Change in word class
To Contest (verb) > A Contest (noun)
General term for a new word
Dramatic and important example of sound change between 1400-1600
Particular brand associated with particular product
Hoover for all vacuum cleaners
Words taken from other languages
Soprano (Italian) Lager (German) Alcohol (Arabic)
Parts of usually two words joined together
Shortening an existing word
Laboratory > Lab
When a words meaning changes into something more pleasant or positive
'Pretty' once meant sly or cunning, now means attractive
Words gaining stronger semantic potency
Kill from meaning 'to torment' to its current meaning
Phrases formed from previously existing words
'In the doghouse', 'Over the moon'
When a word becomes more specific in meaning
Meat originally denoted food in general not just animal flesh
Words losing semantic potency
Astound from meaning 'strike with thunder' to meaning 'strongly suprised'
Words such as chit-chat; clip-clop; criss-cross
A word’s meaning changed based on an analogy or likeness between things
Crane becuase it looks like a bird
Words deriving from names of people/places
Not really a technical term, just say what you see
When meaning of a word becomes less favourable
'Impertinent' once meant irrelevant, now means rude
The movement towards a stable language culminating in Dr. Johnson’s dictionary in 1755
New word formed by shortening an existing word
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The addition of new words to our vocabulary or old words falling out of use
Words formed from initial letters of existing words
Words losing some of their original force over time
'Soon' now means in the near future, but used to mean immediately
People who do not lable particular uses of language ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’ but seek to describe as accuarately as possible how language is used
When the pronunciation of a phoneme is affected by the phoneme that is next to it
'Sandwich' pronounced 'Samwich' 'n' changes to 'm' as 'w' makes an 'm' sound easier to pronounce
Changes in pronunciation of words
When two words have similar meaning and one has to adapt or disappear
Camelopard v Giraffe
Obsolete words or phrases
Modern drive to replace words and expressions that are considered offensive or demeaning to disadvantaged or minority groups
'Mixed-race', replacing 'half-caste'
Adding prefixes or suffixes
Words remaining in use but changing meaning
A word (usually a noun) shortened to form a word of another type (usually a verb)
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When sounds disappear from words
No longer pronounce the b in 'Thumb' or 'Tomb'
Mild or inoffensive way of describing something distasteful or unpleasant
'Friendly Fire' or 'Cashflow problem'
People who disapprove of uses of language that break ‘correct’ language rules
Two words combined to form a new word
Creation of a new word not derived from any other word
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