English Words: History and Structure / Edition 1

English Words: History and Structure / Edition 1

by Robert Stockwell, Donka Minkova
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Cambridge University Press


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English Words: History and Structure / Edition 1

English Words: History and Structure is concerned primarily with the learned vocabulary of English, the words borrowed from the classical languages and French. It is both an introduction to some of the basic principles of linguistic analysis and a helpful manual for vocabulary discernment and enrichment. Designed to deepen and strengthen the knowledge acquired in the classroom, exercises to accompany each chapter and further readings on recent loans and the legal and medical vocabulary of English are available online at http://uk.cambridge.org/linguistics/resources/englishwor ds.

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ISBN-13: 9780521793629
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

An introduction to the textbook; 1. Word origins; 2. The background of English; 3. Composition of the early modern and modern English vocabulary; 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 change and semantic guesswork; 10. The pronunciation of classical words in English; Appendix I. An introduction to dictionaries; Appendix II. Master root list.

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