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Mon Aug 03 2009

Books: Historical Linguistics/Lexicography: Durkin

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        1.    Jennifer Clark, The Oxford Guide to Etymology: Durkin

Message 1: The Oxford Guide to Etymology: Durkin
Date: 27-May-2009
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: The Oxford Guide to Etymology: Durkin
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Title: The Oxford Guide to Etymology
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199236510

Author: Philip Durkin
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199236510 Pages: 360 Price: U.K. £ 25.00
Abstract:

This practical introduction to word history investigates every aspect of
where words come from and how they change. Philip Durkin, chief etymologist
of the Oxford English Dictionary, shows how different types of evidence
can shed light on the myriad ways in which words change in form and
meaning. He considers how such changes can be part of wider linguistic
processes, or be influenced by a complex mixture of social and cultural
factors. He illustrates every point with a wide range of fascinating examples.

Dr Durkin investigates folk etymology and other changes which words undergo
in everyday use. He shows how language families are established, how words
in different languages can have a common ancester, and the ways in which
the latter can be distinguished from words introduced through language
contact. He examines the etymologies of the names of people and places. His
focus is on English but he draws many examples from languages such as
French, German, and Latin which cast light on the pre-histories of English
words.

The Oxford Guide to Etymology is reliable, readable, instructive, and
enjoyable. Everyone interested in the history of words will value this
account of an endlessly fascinating subject.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Lexicography

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=41899


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