Kiss Me Quick on the Naming of Commodities in Britain, 1650 to the First World War

Laura Wright
This chapter looks at some historical product-names, positing that regardless of origin, they were words like any other and subject to the same kinds of phonological, morphological and semantic changes that affected the rest of the lexicon. I focus on four linguistic processes which show merchants’ innovations: the development of bound morphemes, conversion from one part of speech to another, semantic extension, and sociolinguistic innovation. My data comes from commodity-names retrieved from the British Newspapers...
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