English Words: History and Structure / Edition 2

English Words: History and Structure / Edition 2

by Donka Minkova, Robert Stockwell
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English Words: History and Structure / Edition 2

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. The new edition has been updated with a discussion of the most recent trends of blending and shortening associated with texting and other forms of electronic communication and includes a new classification of the types of allomorphy. It discusses important topics such as segment sonority and the historical shifting of long vowels in English, and includes a new section on Grimm's law, explaining some of the more obscure links between Germanic and Latinate cognates. Exercises accompany each chapter and an online workbook contains readings and exercises to strengthen knowledge acquired in the classroom.

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ISBN-13: 9780521882583
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2009
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Lexical heritage; 2. The background of English; 3. The early modern English cultural scene; 4. Smaller than words: morphemes and types of morphemes; 5. Allomorphy, phonetics, and affixation; 6. Replacement rules; 7. Deletion rules and other kinds of allomorphy; 8. Fossilized allomorphy. False cognates and other etymological pitfalls; 9. Semantic relations and semantic change; 10. The pronunciation of classical words in English.

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