ERIC Number: ED027324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Unit 902: Changes in the Meanings of Words.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.
Concerned with the study of lexical changes, this unit for grade 9 is intended to develop the student's understanding of several specific ways in which the meanings of words change, of the interpersonal relationships and the social values which cause such change, and of general concepts related to language change. Discussion questions, lectures, and examples are provided to help students see (1) how a word differs from its referent, (2) how referential meaning differs from expressive meaning, (3) how changes in the status of a referent or changes in literary customs cause degradation and elevation of meaning, (4) how the Norman invasion caused simultaneously the degradation of an English word and the elevation of a French word with the same referent, (5) how radiation of meaning occurs, and (6) how euphemism, hyperbole, and folk etymology occur. Worksheets and tests for the unit are provided. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.