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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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Decadent Strength: Models of Progress

Decadent Strength: Models of Progress

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Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Megan Perigoe Stitt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the different theories and models that explain the patterns of changes in language, the formation of different languages and the relative cause that explains the emergence of these new languages. In this chapter, the intrinsic and social causes that may have affected changes in language and the evolutions of new languages are discussed using the idea of analogy and homology. By finding allusion of linguistics within the context of biology, the concept of domination, inheritance, and external influences are clarified and given light. Once again, the novels and other literary forms are studied and analysed as they hint layers of changes in human development as seen as primary precursors of language change and language stratification.

Keywords:   theories, models, language, linguistics, inheritance, language stratification

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