The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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.

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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.
Perihelion
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

Perihelion
A dictionary as invaluable to the philologist as it is a wellspring of delight for any inquisitive person.
Atlantic Monthly
A word-loving browser's delight.
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.
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, Dr. Shipley has outdone himself.
New York Times - William Safire
Hats off to Joseph Shipley.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801896439
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 411,763
  • File size: 18 MB
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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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