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dc.contributor.advisorLópez Couso, María José
dc.contributor.authorPettersson Traba, Daniela Beatriz
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the distributional patterns of the five adjectival near-synonyms fragrant, perfumed, scented, sweet-scented, and sweet-smelling, which designate the concept PLEASANT SMELLING in American English by paying special attention to their diachronic development, as represented in the Corpus of Historical American English (1810-2009). The distribution of the selected adjectives is analyzed across a wide range of semantic, morphosyntactic, and stylistic contexts which function as a proxy for semantic similarity. Three separate analyses are conducted, focusing on different aspects of the semantic structure of the near-synonyms. Results indicate that the set is undergoing processes of convergence and substitution, possibly as a result of extralinguistic factors. Therefore, the analyses shed light on the diachronic development of lexical near-synonyms, a dimension that has up to now been relatively disregarded in the specialized literature.
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dc.subjectHistorical linguistics
dc.subjectSemantic change
dc.subjectDistributional corpus-based approach
dc.subjectPleasant smelling
dc.subjectAmerican English
dc.subject.classificationMaterias::Investigación::57 Lingüística::5705 Lingüística sincrónica::570508 Semántica
dc.subject.classificationMaterias::Investigación::57 Lingüística::5702 Lingüística diacrónica::570201 Lingüística histórica
dc.titleA corpus-based study on nearsynonymy: The concept PLEASANT SMELLING in 19th- and 20th-century American English
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidade de Santiago de Compostela. Escola de Doutoramento Internacional (EDIUS)
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidade de Santiago de Compostela. Programa de Doutoramento en Estudos Ingleses Avanzados: Lingüística, Literatura e Cultura

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