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Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century FictionScott, Gaskell, and Kingsley$
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Megan Perigoe Stitt

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184423.001.0001

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Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Megan Perigoe Stitt

Oxford University Press

In the beginning of the 19th century, philologists were fixing and studying language to a model of change wherein the line of progress and decay of the language were seen in comparison to the sciences of biology, anatomy, and geology. The changes in the language which are particularly brought about by the marriage and decay of the language and the rise of new languages and the fall of olden languages lead to scholarly studies on language; the earliest of which was in Britain in the 17th century. In this book, the history, etymology, and developments of language including its pattern of change are analyzed using the literatures and works of the authors — Walter Scott, Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Kingsley. Through textual analysis of the novels, the conflicting theories on metaphors and the evolutionary progress of language are clarified.

Keywords:   19th century, philologists, language, etymology, metaphors, progress of language

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