English Words: History and Structure

English Words: History and Structure

by Robert Stockwell, Donka Minkova
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521790123

ISBN-13: 9780521790123

Pub. Date: 07/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This new edition is concerned primarily with the learned vocabulary of English - the words borrowed from the classical languages. It surveys the historical events that define the layers of vocabulary in English, introduces some of the basic principles of linguistic analysis, and is a helpful manual for vocabulary discernment and enrichment. An online workbook contains…  See more details below

Overview

This new edition is concerned primarily with the learned vocabulary of English - the words borrowed from the classical languages. It surveys the historical events that define the layers of vocabulary in English, introduces some of the basic principles of linguistic analysis, and is a helpful manual for vocabulary discernment and enrichment. An online workbook contains readings, exercises, and root lists accompanying each chapter to strengthen knowledge acquired in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521790123
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1 Word-origins 5

2 The background of English 24

3 Composition of the Early Modern and Modern English vocabulary 46

4 Smaller than words : morphemes and types of morphemes 63

5 Allomorphy, phonetics, and affixation 83

6 Replacement rules 108

7 Deletion rules and other kinds of allomorphy 126

8 Fossilized allomorphy : false cognates and other etymological pitfalls 142

9 Semantic relations and semantic change 163

10 The pronunciation of classical words in English 182

App Morpheme list 200

Index 216

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