English Words

English Words

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English Words: History and Structure 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. Exercises accompanying each chapter and further readings on recent loans and the legal and medical vocabulary of English will be available online in the near future. a€c Introduces students to some basic linguistic terms needed for the discussion of phonological and morphological changes accompanying word formation a€c Designed to lead students to a finer appreciation of their language and greater ability to recognize relationships between words and discriminate between meanings a€c An informative appendix discusses the history and usefulness of the best known British and American dictionaries a€c Online readings and exercises to deepen and strengthen knowledge acquired in the classroomIt differs from all other published alphabetical root lists where only the homophony of invariable forms is evident, as vir aquot;maleaquot; and vir aquot;poison. ... The root ped aquot;footaquot; has an o-grade allomorph pod: pedal, pedestrian, and podium are clearly related. ... Knowing about homophony is only the first step; often there will be no sure and reliable way of disambiguating ... For example, the most frequent meaning of the prefix con- is aquot;jointly, together, aquot; but it also means aquot;altogether, completely, aquot; andanbsp;...

Title:English Words
Author:Robert P. Stockwell, Donka Minkova
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2001


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