This new edition 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. The new edition has been updated with a discussion of the most recent trends of blending and shortening associated with texting and other forms of electronic communication and includes a new classification of the types of allomorphy. It discusses important topics such as segment sonority and the historical shifting of long vowels in English, and includes a new section on Grimm's law, explaining some of the more obscure links between Germanic and Latinate cognates. Exercises accompany each chapter and an online workbook contains readings and exercises to strengthen knowledge acquired in the classroom.
Updated with recent research on topics such as texting and other forms of electronic communication
Includes a new classification of the types of allomorphy
An online workbook contains extra readings and exercises
1. Lexical heritage 2. The background of English 3. The early modern English cultural scene 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 relations and semantic change 10. The pronunciation of classical words in English.
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Donka Minkova, University of California, Los Angeles Robert Stockwell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Robert Stockwell, University of California, Los Angeles Donka Minkova is Professor of English in the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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