The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots

The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots

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by Joseph Twadell Shipley
     
 

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There are no direct records of the original Indo-European speech. By comparing the vocabularies of its various descendants, however, it is possible to reconstruct the basic Indo-European roots with considerable confidence. In The Origins of English Words, Shipley catalogues these proposed roots and follows the often devious, always fascinating, process by

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There are no direct records of the original Indo-European speech. By comparing the vocabularies of its various descendants, however, it is possible to reconstruct the basic Indo-European roots with considerable confidence. In The Origins of English Words, Shipley catalogues these proposed roots and follows the often devious, always fascinating, process by which some of their offshoots have grown.

Anecdotal, eclectic, and always enthusiastic, The Origins of English Words is a diverting expedition beyond linguistics into literature, history, folklore, anthropology, philosophy, and science.

Editorial Reviews

Newsday
The title promises a discursive voyage,and Shipley is as good as his word. He's a scholarly,humorous,rambling fellow,and his 636-page itinerary is filled with the excitement of chance encounters with long-lost cousins in distant lands.
William Safire
Hats off to Joseph Shipley.
New York Times
Atlantic Monthly
A word-loving browser's delight.
West Coast Review of Books
Not since the late Frank H. Vizetelly has there been an etymologist of the stature and erudition of Joseph T. Shipley,whose 26 books on various aspects of the English language are not only illuminating but a joy to read. Now,with The Origins of English Words,Shipley has outdone himself.
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A dictionary as invaluable to the philologist as it is a wellspring of delight for any inquisitive person.
New York Times
Hats off to Joseph Shipley.

— William Safire

New York Times - William Safire

Hats off to Joseph Shipley.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801896439
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/17/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
725,685
File size:
18 MB
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Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joseph Twadell Shipley is the author of the highly acclaimed In Praise of English as well as twenty-six other books, including The Quest for Literature, Dictionary of Word Origins, and Dictionary of Early English. In a long and distinguished career he was president of the New York Drama Critics Circle, was a founder of Yeshiva College, and taught at the City College of New York.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best roots source.