Historical ‘signposts’ and other temporal indicators in the Czech lexicon
AbstractThis article posits that the Czechs employ a great many historical markers, previously applied to other events of national importance, which help to shape collective memory and right the ‘wrongs’ of the past. It is argued that these temporal indicators share a number of clearly defined characteristics, and that their use is too systematic and calculated to be merely a function of the constraints of the lexicon. The first part of the study considers in detail questions of semantics (especially the distinction between denotation and connotation), the lexicographical sources available to the researcher, and the lexical ‘signpost’ in context, while the second part focuses on practical examples of lexical re-appropriation since 1918, with particular reference to dictionaries and the Czech National Corpus.
CitationDickins, T. (2012) 'Historical ‘Signposts’ and Other Temporal Indicators in the Czech Lexicon', The Slavonic and East European Review, 90 (4) p.601
JournalThe Slavonic and East European Review
SponsorsUniversity of Wolverhampton
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