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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: The Stanford Dictionary of Anglicised Words and Phrases
Edited By: C. A. M. Fennell
Description:

In 1882 the University of Cambridge accepted a bequest of £5,000 from the
writer John Frederick Stanford (1815–1880) for the purpose of creating a
dictionary of loan words found in English. This volume, first published in
1892, was the result. Charles Augustus Fennell (1843–1916), a classicist
and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge was responsible for selecting the
words for inclusion. Following criteria based on Stanford's own notes, the
definition of 'anglicised words' is very broad, including words loaned
from European languages which entered common use in English after 1470 as
well as loans from further afield. Each entry includes the meaning of the
word in its original language and historical examples of usage, showing how
the meanings of anglicised words have changed subtly over time. The book
reveals the dramatic expansion of English vocabulary that resulted from the
adoption of these words.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781108016094
Prices: U.K. £ 40.00
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