[Lexicog] semantic extension and semantic narrowing

Fritz Goerling Fritz_Goerling at SIL.ORG
Thu May 20 23:21:38 UTC 2004


Here is one example each of semantic extension and semantic narrowing which
is historically interesting.

In middle high German "vrouwe" meant "noblewoman"
In modern high German "Frau" (which developed from "vrouwe") means: 1)
woman; 2) wife

In middle high German "wip" meant "woman"
In modern high German "Weib" (which developed from "wip") is used to refer
to a woman
in either a poetical or pejorative way.

Fritz Goerling













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