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How words change meaning: A Comparative Corpus Analysis of the word Queer between 1990-1994 and 2015-2019
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.
2022 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research paper analyses how the meaning and usage of the word queer has changed between 1990-2019. The aim has been to determine the primary meaning of queer in contemporary texts, comparing it with the primary definition suggested by four widely used online dictionaries. This essay has analyzed and compared the usage of queer over two different timespans provided by The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), from 1990-1994 to the most recent, 2015-2019. The dictionaries chosen for the study were: The Oxford English Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionary, Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com. The findings from the corpus analysis were compared to the primary suggestions in the online dictionaries. The results showed that the primary definition of queer suggested in three out of the four dictionaries do not correlate with the definition most frequently used in contemporary texts.

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2022. , p. 27
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Linguistics, usage
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19077Local ID: EXE400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19077DiVA, id: diva2:1690696
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Available from: 2022-09-21 Created: 2022-08-26 Last updated: 2022-09-21Bibliographically approved

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