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LINGUIST List 20.3083

Sun Sep 13 2009

Books: Historical Linguistics: Durkin

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        1.    Elyse Turr, The Oxford Guide to Etymology: Durkin

Message 1: The Oxford Guide to Etymology: Durkin
Date: 12-Sep-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.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

Author: Philip Durkin
Hardback: ISBN: 0199236518 9780199236510 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 45.00
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 ancestor, 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

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=42620


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