English Words from Latin and Greek Elements / Edition 2by Donald M. Ayers, R. L. Cherry
Pub. Date: 04/01/1986
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
In use since 1965, this text has helped tens of thousands of students develop a broader vocabulary. "My high school sophomores and juniors find it really helps in preparing for/i>
"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
In use since 1965, this text has helped tens of thousands of students develop a broader vocabulary. "My high school sophomores and juniors find it really helps in preparing for ACT & SAT tests and for their further reading; my seniors find the same, plus excellent preparation for college."--Dorothy Gibbs, Kettering Fairmont High School, Kettering, OH
English Words is written from the standpoint of English and does not attempt to teach Latin or Greek. It teaches how to analyze words and turns cracking the code of English from a secret mission into an everyday affair.
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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.
Excellent Book -- I bought it for an etymology class and still refer to it.
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.