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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521790123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521790123
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,766,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… read this book and recommend it to your sceptical colleagues … it will certainly enhance the language awareness of already proficient English speakers … attention to the history of words can illuminate the complex relationships between meaning, spelling and pronunciation in English, and can reveal the English lexicon as much more systematic than it appears.' ATEFL Issues

Stockwell and Minkova cover a large amount of material in this work. Yet despite the abundance of sophisticated linguistic terminology, it is in fact a book which is very easy to understand. Anyone studying the history of the English language … will benefit from it.' fun-with-words.com

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This book introduces some of the basic principles of linguistic analysis and is a helpful manual for vocabulary discernment and enrichment. Exercises to accompany each chapter and further readings on recent loans and the legal and medical vocabulary of English are available online.

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I ordered a 'brand new' book but what I reviewed was a used book apparently with some scribbles inside. :(
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This book analyzed the english language and its words from historical, morphological, phonetic, and other perspectives. A great read for anyone with linguistic knowledge or an English buff. Not dense at all; explains linguistic technical terms for the beginner.
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