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Lexical change often begins and ends in semantic peripheries

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The article discusses semantic change and lexical replacement processes in the color domain, based on color naming studies in seven Germanic languages (where diachronic intra-linguistic development is inferred from cross-linguistic synchronic studies) and from different generations of speakers in a single language (Swedish). Change in the color domain often begins and ends in conceptual peripheries, and I argue that this perspective is suitable for other semantic domains as well.

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Keywords: Germanic languages; Swedish; cognitive linguistics; color linguistics; lexical semantics; lexical typology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 31, 2018

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