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Re: A small discovery...

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Thursday, December 21, 2000, 5:44
Padraic Brown to Christophe:
>Semantic shift can be quite hard. I think you have to know a >lot about the culture of a language before this comes easy.>
Two interesting refs. for Christophe in this regard: the "Que sais-je" series had a volume on Semantique, perhaps still in print. And a quite exhaustive though somewhat old-fashioned treatment (hence readable), Stephen Ullmann "Meaning and Change of Meaning". Both these date from the 60s. It's quite possible there's a French trans. of Ullmann's book, originally written IIRC in German.