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English Words: History and Structure [Paperback]

Robert Stockwell , Professor Donka Minkova
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5 July 2001 0521558263 978-0521558266
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. • Introduces students to some basic linguistic terms needed for the discussion of phonological and morphological changes accompanying word formation • Designed to lead students to a finer appreciation of their language and greater ability to recognize relationships between words and discriminate between meanings • An informative appendix discusses the history and usefulness of the best known British and American dictionaries • Online readings and exercises to deepen and strengthen knowledge acquired in the classroom


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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521558263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521558266
  • ASIN: 0521793629
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 17.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,616,761 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 1 July 2011
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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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