Anne Curzan: New word meanings

Transcript of excerpts from The secret life of words by Anne Curzan, Lecture 5: New word meanings I am struck by the different attitudes that people can have to thinking about semantic change in the past, and semantic change in the present. When we see semantic change happening around us, it can cause us some anxiety,……

Metaphors and human cognition

from The secret life of words by Anne Curzan, Lecture 5: New word meanings Metaphors seem to be fundamental to the ways in which we categorize the world. As we experience the world, we look for similarities, and that’s one of the ways that we group things together, and those similarities can be quite metaphorical. George Lakoff and Mark Johnson……

Anne Curzan at TED: What makes a word “real”?

I need to start by telling you a little bit about my social life, which I know may not seem relevant, but it is. 0:20 When people meet me at parties and they find out that I’m an English professor who specializes in language, they generally have one of two reactions. One set of people……