English Words: History and Structure, 2nd edition by Donka Minkova, Robert Stockwell
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. Updated with a discussion of the most recent trends of blending and shortening associated with texting and other forms of electronic communication. Discusses important topics such as segment sonority and the historical shifting of long vowels in English. Includes a new section on Grimm’s Law, explaining some of the more obscure links between Germanic and classical cognates.
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