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Semantic Change
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Semantic change refers to the alteration of the relationship between a given word and the set of referents such a word may denote. Changes in the meaning conveyed by words can affect their lexemes and their morphemes, and thus we find semantic shifts in both lexical and grammatical notions. Conventionally, the term ‘semantic change’ refers to developments in …

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Elena Redondo Moyano, “Semantic Change”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000314>
First published online: 2013

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