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A Comparison of the Semantic Values of Middle Cornish 'Luf' and 'Dorn' with Modern English 'Hand' and 'Fist'

Mills, Jon (1996) A Comparison of the Semantic Values of Middle Cornish 'Luf' and 'Dorn' with Modern English 'Hand' and 'Fist'. Language Sciences, 18 (1-2). pp. 71-86. ISSN 0388-0001. ( (KAR id:38260)


This paper sets out to discover a means to undertake corpus based semantic analysis of lexical items in a language that has no speakers who possess first language intuition. Two Cornish language lexical items, luf and dorn, were chosen for trial analyses. These items share the semantic field of "hand - part of body". Concordances of these items were produced and compared. Criteria were then sought that distinguish the items in question. Differences were found in the case roles and collocations that are entailed by these words.

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Additional information: Cited in Deacon, B. (2006). Cornish or Klingon? The Standardization of the Cornish Language. Cornish Studies, 14(1), 13-23.
Uncontrolled keywords: Cornish; corpus; luf; dorn; semantic analysis; lexicon; case roles; collocation
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Francis Mills
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2014 16:06 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:14 UTC
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Mills, Jon.

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