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‘Upon these Heads I shall discourse’: lexicographical and corpus evidence for senses and phrases

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This paper uses the set of body part terms to investigate the use and the treatment of transferred senses in Early Modern English. The data basis is provided by four eighteenth-century dictionaries (Kersey 1715, Bailey 1730, Martin 1749, Johnson 1755) and by EModE corpora such as the CED, CEEC, and ZEN. Points to be investigated for the dictionaries are the kinds, the number and the ordering of transferred senses listed, the presence of accompanying usage notes, as well as the differences and similarities between the dictionaries. The corpus analysis will provide evidence about the kinds and relative frequencies of senses in real language use, as well as about their typical contexts and collocations. Finally, the degree of overlap between the dictionaries and the corpora will be discussed.



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