A History of English Words / Edition 1

A History of English Words / Edition 1

by Geoffrey Hughes
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A History of English Words / Edition 1

This book traces the remarkable reconfigurations that English lexis has undergone in the past millennium. The vocabulary is studied as an indicator of social change, a symbol reflecting different social dynamics between speech communities, on models of dominance, cohabitation, colonialism and globalisation.

  • Comprehensive guide to the evolution of the English vocabulary.
  • Well known passages from literature are used to illustrate the variety of English words.
  • Accessible discussion of Latin, Greek, Germanic and Norman-French languages.
  • Contains original research into the make-up of the current lexical core of English.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631188551
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/29/2000
Series: Language Library Series , #1
Pages: 452
Sales rank: 437,173
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents


List of Sources and Abbreviations.

A Chronology of the English.

1. History in the Language: The Vocabulary as a Historical Repository.

2. The Foundations of English and the Formation of the Base Register.

3. The Norman Elite and the New Language of Power.

4. The Lexical Expansion of the Renaissance.

5. Licentiousness, Decorum and Lexicographical Order; A Short History of the Dictionary.

6. The Lexical Interchange of Imperialism.

7. Lexical Varieties in Modern and Contemporary English.

8. Changes in Lexical Structure.


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