English Words from Latin and Greek Elements / Edition 2

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Since 1965, Donald Ayers' English Words from Latin and Greek Elements has helped thousands of students to a broader vocabulary by showing them how to recognize classical roots in modern English words. Its second edition, published in 1986, has confirmed that vocabulary is best taught by root, not rote. The importance of learning classical word roots is already acknowledged by vocabulary texts that devote chapters to them. Why a whole book based on this approach? Ayers' text exposes students to a wider range of roots, introduces new English words in context sentences, and reinforces vocabulary through exercises. It promotes more practice with roots so that students learn to use them as tools in their everyday encounters with new words. English Words is written from the standpoint of English; it neither attempts to teach students Latin or Greek nor expects a knowledge of classical languages on the part of instructors. Its success has been demonstrated at both the secondary and college levels, and it can be used effectively with students in remedial or accelerated programs.

An Instructor's Manual (gratis with adoption) and a Workbook are also available.

Presents an overview of the development of the English language and examines the formation of words especially from Greek and Latin roots. Also discusses definitions and usage.

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"A book like [this] is evidently necessary in a time in which our education has slid down to a level nobody would have thought possible about half a century ago." —General Linguistics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816508990
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1986
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 130,113
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2003

    A Great Book To Deepen Your Vocabulary Skills!

    This book is broken down into two separate parts. The first deals with word elements from latin. This section contains twenty-five lessons, each lesson accompanied by exercises. The second section is similar to the first, containing twenty-five lessons as well, with exercises to supplement the lessons. This book is a fantastic vocabulary building device. It is a must-have for those who wish to deepen and improve their vocabulary and also their knowledge of how these words are associated and incorporated in the English language. In this book, a student is not encouraged to just learn the Greek and the Latin words, instead the student extracts the meaning of the words by looking at the base of the word. This book contains what you would generally get from multiple books. It begins with the Indo-European Family of Languages and continues into the development of the English vocabulary. Each part also features an index of words appearing in context, a list of prefixes, list of suffixes, and a list of bases. Not only is the layout of this book well developed, the content thoroughly covers the topic at hand. This book will certainly help you to discover the origin of the English vocabulary. In this book, Ayers acknowledges the fact that the root meaning of a word may not go hand in hand with it's current meaning. Many books tend to ingore this leave out the words that this applies to. Ayers tries to give insights into these words, instead of refusing to acknowledge them. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2003

    Good but with problems.

    I am a student at Monmouth College enrolled in CLAS224/ Word Elements were I study about origins of words and words themselves. As a potential teacher English Words: from Latin and Greek elements is a great tool for a teacher, not so for a student. The problem isn't that it is a bad book. The information was powerful and a great help with the origin and understanding of words but the problem lies on how it is presented and arranged. I think information is best presented when the book is clear and artistically appealing it usual helps students learn. I often have a hard time with this book because it isn't presented as well as The Word Circus by Richard Lederer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2001

    A necessity for those who aspire to use English correctly

    Excellent Book -- I bought it for an etymology class and still refer to it.

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