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The Lexicon of Botany Texts in Ireland and England: A Contrastive and Diachronic Case Study from the Late Modern English Period
Daniela Cesiri
35-46 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper deals with the comparison of popular terminology in botany texts published in Ireland and in England. The analysis considers the composition of the terminology in terms of word-formation. The investigation seeks to determine whether some similarities found in the botany texts published in Ireland and England, respectively, can be attributed to a common nomenclature shared by the two scientific communities, which thus might constitute one homogenous discourse community. Another possibility considered in the paper is that the common orthography found in the terms might derive from the indirect influence of the English community of amateur botanists—already well-established—on the relatively new Irish one.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 3)
edited by R. W. McConchie, Teo Juvonen, Mark Kaunisto, Minna Nevala, and Jukka Tyrkkö
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