The Vocabulary and Change


Go to the relevant discussion by clicking on the section headings below. We will organise our discussion under the different aspects of change in the lexis or vocabulary of English; there is no attempt to give an exhaustive or even a representative description of changes. (A reminder: most sections employ the phonetic alphabet. If you haven’t uploaded Times Roman Phonetic into your computer, you won’t be able to read some of the pages properly. Go to the homepage for instructions.)


When you’re ready to take the quiz based on this topic, go to the IVLE page and click on ‘Assessment’ on the left, and then on ‘Vocabulary’.


A. What is lexicology?

B. How can lexis be organised?

C. Patterns of lexical change

D. The sources of English words

E. Vocabulary across text types



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