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Historical Linguistics. Consider the following five words of English :

Historical Linguistics. Consider the following five words of English:

(1)  acorn  

(2)  fond           (adjective)

(3)  gossip      (noun)

(4)  luxury

(5)  trend        (noun)



First, using the Oxford English Dictionary, identify the earlier meaning of each of these words. Note meanings in the OED are listed in chronological order, beginning with the earliest attested sense.



Then, considering the current meanings of these words, identify the type(s) of semantic change that have occurred in each word's development over time. Explain your findings.

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Acorn : The fruit of the oak treee. semantic change : narrowing - is a fruit in general fond : Having an affection or liking... View the full answer

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