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1This select bibliography lists a number of references which will be useful to all scholars wishing to keep abreast of a variety of recent discussions on diachronic lexical semantics.

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Allan Kathryn & Robinson Justinya (Eds.), 2012, Current Methods in Historical Semantics, Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter.

Blank Andreas & Koch Peter (Eds.), 1999, Historical semantics and cognition, Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter.

Blythe Richard A. & Croft William, 2012, “S-curves and the propagation of language change”, Language, vol 88: 2, 269-304.

Brinton Laurel, 2017, English Historical Linguistics, Approaches and Perspectives, Cambridge: Cambridge University press.

Burridge Kate, 2012, “Euphemism and language change: the sixth and seventh ages”, Lexis 7: Euphemism as word-formation process, 65-92.

Croft William, 2000, Explaining language change: an Evolutionary approach, Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter.

De Smet Henrik, 2016, “How gradual change progresses: The interaction between convention and innovation”, Language Variation and Change, 28(1), 83–102.

Durkin Philip, 2014, Borrowed words: a History of Loanwords in English, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fischer Olga, 2013, “On the role played by analogy and the synchronic grammar system in processes of language change”, Studies in Language 37(3), 515-533.

Fischer Olga, 2016, “Morphosyntactic change”, The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics, Cambridge: Cambridge university Press, 237-255.

Geeraerts Dirk, 2009, Theories of Lexical Semantics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Geeraerts Dirk, Grondelaers Stefan & Bakema Peter, 1994, The Structure of Lexical Variation Meaning, Naming, and Context, Berlin / New York: de Gruyter.

Geeraerts Dirk, 2006, Words and other wonders: papers on lexical and semantic topics, Berlin / De Gruyter.

Geeraerts Dirk, 2016, “Lexicography and Theories of lexical semantics”, in Durkin Philip (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Lexicography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 425-438.

Geeraerts Dirk, 2006, “Onomasiology and Lexical Variation”, in Brown Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, Elsevier, 37–40.

Geeraerts Dirk, Gevaert Caroline & Speelman Dirk, 2012, “How Anger Rose: Hypothesis Testing in Diachronic Semantics”, in Allan Kathryn & Robinson Justyna (Eds.), Current Methods in Historical Semantics, Berlin: De Gruyter, 109–131.

Grieve Jack, Nini Andrea & Guo Diansheng, 2017, “Analyzing Lexical Emergence in Modern American English Online”, English Language and Linguistics 21(1), 99–127.

Grieve Jack, 2018, “Natural Selection in the Modern English Lexicon”, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang12), 153-157.

Hilpert Martin, 2012, “Diachronic Collostructional Analysis. How to Use it and How to Deal with Confounding Factors”, in Allan Kathryn & Robinson Justyna (Eds.), Current Methods in Historical Semantics, Berlin: De Gruyter, 133–160.

Hilpert Martin, 2013, Constructional change in English. Developments in allomorphy, word formation and syntax, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ingham Richard, Sylvester Louise & Marcus Imogen, 2019, “Penetration of French-origin lexis in Middle English occupational domains”, in Cennamo Michela & Barbirzio Claudia (Eds.), Historical Linguistics 2015: Selected papers from the 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Naples, July 2015, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 461-479.

Joseph Brian D., 1997, “On the Linguistics of Marginality: The Centrality of the Periphery”, in Singer Kora, Eggert Randall & Anderson Gregory (Eds.), Papers from the 33rd Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society, 197-213.

Joseph Brian D. & Janda Richard D. (Eds.), 2003, The Handbook of Historical linguistics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kay Christian J., 2000, “Historical Semantics and Historical Lexicography: will the twain ever meet?”, in Coleman Julie & Kay Christian J. (Eds.), Lexicology, Semantics and Lexicography, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 53-68.

Kay Christian & Allan Kathryn, 2016, “Change in the English Lexicon”, in Merjö Kyto (ed), The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics, Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 220.

Kerremans Daphné & Prokić Jelena, 2018, “Mining the Web for New Words: Semi-Automatic Neologism Identification with the NeoCrawler”, Anglia 136(2), 239–268.

Koch Peter, 1999, “Frame and Contiguity: On the cognitive bases of metonymy and certain types of word formation”, in Radden Günther & Panther Klaus-Uwe (Eds.), Metonymy in Language and Thought, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 139-169.

Koch Peter, 2012, “The Pervasiveness of Contiguity and Metonymy in Language Change”, in Allan Kathryn & Robinson Justyna A. (Eds.), Current Methods in Historical Semantics, Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 259-312.

Kytö Merja & Pahta Païi, 2016, The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kovecses Zoltan & Radden Günther, 1998, “Metonymy, Developing a Cognitive Linguistic View”, Cognitive Linguistics (includes Cognitive Linguistic Bibliography), Volume 9, Issue 1, 37-78.

Matras Yaron, 2009, Language Contact, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Miller Gary D., 2014, Lexicogenesis, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nevalainen Terttu, 1999, “Early Modern English Lexis and Semantics”, in Lass Roger (Ed.), The Cambridge History of the English Language. Volume 3: 1476–1776, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 332-458.

Noël Dirk, 2007, “Diachronic construction grammar and grammaticalization theory”, Functions of Language 14(2), 177-202.

Nyström Staffan, 2016, “Names and Meaning”, in Hough Carole (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 39-51.

Radden Günter, 2000, “How Metonymic Are Metaphors?”, in Barcelona Antonio (Ed.), Metaphor and Metonymy at the Crossroads: a Cognitive Perspective, Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 93-108.

Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez Francisco José & Galera-Masegosa Alicia, 2011, “Going beyond metaphtonymy: metaphoric and metonymic complexes in phrasal verb interpretation”, Language Value 3(1) 1: 1-29.

Sagi Eyal, Kaufmann Stefan & Clark Brady, 2012, “Tracing Semantic Change with Latent Semantic Analysis”, in Allan Kathryn & Robinson Justyna (Eds.), Current Methods in Historical Semantics, Berlin: De Gruyter, 161–183.

Sang Erik, 2016, “Finding Rising and Falling Words”, in Hinrichs Erhard, Hinrichs Marie & Trippel Thorsten (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Technology Resources and Tools for Digital Humanities (LT4HD), Osaka, 2–9.

Smith Chris A., 2016, “Tracking semantic change in fl- monomorphemes in the Oxford English Dictionary”, Journal of Historical Linguistics, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 165-200.

Smith Chris A., 2018, “Where do new words like boobage, flamage, ownage come from? Tracking the history of ‑age words from 1100 to 2000 in the OED3”, Lexis [Online], 12 | 2018, Online since 14 December 2018:

Sylvester Louise, 2018, “Contact Effects in the Technical Lexis of Middle English: a semantic hierarchic approach”, English Language and Linguistics 22.2, 249-264.

Traugott Elizabeth Closs, 2011 “Grammaticalization and mechanisms of change”, in Narrog Heiko & Heine Bernd (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 19-30.

Traugott Elizabeth Closs, 2015, “Towards a coherent account of grammatical constructionalization”, in Barðdal Jóhanna, Smirnova Elena, Sommerer Lotte & Gildea Spike (Eds.), Diachronic Construction Grammar, Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Traugott Elizabeth Closs, 2018a, “Modeling language change with constructional networks”, in Pons BorderÍa Salvador & Loureda Óscar, Beyond Grammaticalization and Discourse Markers, Leiden: Brill, 17-50.

Traugott Elizabeth Closs, 2019, “Constructional pattern-development in language change”, in Busse Beatrix & Moehlig-Falke Ruth (Eds.), Patterns in Language and Linguistics, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 125-156.

Traugott Elisabeth & Dasher Richard, 2005, Regularity in Semantic change, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Traugott Elisabeth & Trousdale Graeme, 2013, Constructionalization and constructional changes, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Trousdale Graeme, 2008, “Constructions in grammaticalization and lexicalization: Evidence from the history of a composite predicate construction in English”, in Trousdale Graeme & Girsborne Nikolas (Eds.), Constructional Approaches to English Grammar, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 33-70.

Trousdale Graeme, 2010, “Issues in constructional approaches to grammaticalization in English, in Stathi Katerina, Gehweiler Elke & König Ekkehard, Grammaticalization: Current Views and Issues, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 51-71.

Trousdale Graeme, 2012, “Grammaticalization, constructions and the grammaticalization of constructions”, in Davidse Kristin, Breban Tine, Brems Lieselotte & Mortelmans Tanja (Eds.), Grammaticalization and Language Change, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 167-198.

Van de Velde Freek, de Smet Hendrik & Ghesquière Lobke, 2015, “Introduction: On multiple source constructions in language change”, in de Smet Hendrik, Ghesquière Lobke & Van de Velde Freek (Eds.), On Multiple Source Constructions in Language Change, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1-17. [First published in Studies in Language 37(3), 473-489]

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Chris A. Smith, “List of References”Lexis [Online], 16 | 2020, Online since 17 December 2020, connection on 23 March 2023. URL:; DOI:

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