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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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The Fossil and the Germ: Rhetorics of Etymology

The Fossil and the Germ: Rhetorics of Etymology

(p.12) 1 The Fossil and the Germ: Rhetorics of Etymology
Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Megan Perigoe Stitt

Oxford University Press

The image of words undergoing changes did not occur in the 19th century but rather it saw emergence in earlier writings. This has been a subject of Victorian philologists, wherein language was deemed as an acorn growing into an oak. In this chapter, the origin, etymology, and developments in language are discussed in the light of metaphors and the glimpses of history offered by fiction. The novels of Scott, Gaskell, and Kingsley are carefully dissected. The implications and nuances of these novels on language are studied because these examples of fiction share scholarly frame with the historians of language, serve as creative alternatives to the rather murky history of language, and provide ideas on dialect and the progresses in language.

Keywords:   language, origin, etymology, philologists, novels

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