LINGUIST List 12.2047

Wed Aug 15 2001

Books: English Language

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  1. Joyce Reid, English Language: English Words by Robert Stockwell & Donka Minkova

Message 1: English Language: English Words by Robert Stockwell & Donka Minkova

Date: 14 Aug 2001 15:00:24 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: English Language: English Words by Robert Stockwell & Donka Minkova

English Words
History and Structure
Robert Stockwell, University of California, Los Angeles
Donka Minkova, University of California, Los Angeles

English Words: History and Structure is concerned primarily with the
learned vocabulary of English, the words borrowed from the classical
languages and French. It is both an introduction to some of the basic
principles of linguistic analysis and a helpful manual for vocabulary
discernment and enrichment. Designed to deepen and strengthen the
knowledge acquired in the classroom, exercises to accompany each
chapter and further readings on recent loans and the legal and medical
vocabulary of English are available online at

An introduction to the textbook; 
1. Word origins; 
2. The background of English; 
3. Composition of the early modern and modern English vocabulary; 
4. Smaller than words: morphemes and types of morphemes; 
5. Allomorphy, phonetics, and affixation; 
6. Replacement rules; 
7. Deletion rules and other kinds of allomorphy; 
8. Fossilized allomorphy: false cognates, and other etymological pitfalls; 
9. Semantic change and semantic guesswork; 
10.The pronunciation of classical words in English; 
Appendix I. An introduction to dictionaries; 
Appendix II. Master root list.

2001/220 pp./9 figures/11 tables
0-521-79012-3/Hb/List: $54.95
0-521-79362-9/Pb/List: $19.95
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