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A history of English words

Author: Geoffrey Hughes
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 2000.
Series: Language library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book traces the remarkable reconfigurations that the stock of English words has undergone in the past millennium. From its origins as a pure Germanic language, it acquired in the medieval period a double-layered structure as Norman-French became the 'upstairs' language of power and Anglo-Saxon that of the populace. Subsequent influxes from Latin and Greek in the Renaissance added a third layer, so that every  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Hughes
ISBN: 0631188541 9780631188544 063118855X 9780631188551
OCLC Number: 40839918
Description: xviii, 429 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: A chronology of English --
History in the language: the vocabulary as a historical repository --
The foundations of English and the formation of the base register --
The Norman elite and the new language of power --
The lexical expansion of the Renaissance: exuberance and restraint --
Licentiousness, decorum and lexicographical order --
The lexical interchange of imperialism --
Lexical varieties in modern and contemporary English --
Changes in lexical structure --
Appendix: Quantifying the growth of the English vocabulary.
Series Title: Language library.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Hughes.
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A textbook for courses in the history of the English language. The author, both a stylist and an historical linguist, draws on more than 25 years of experience in teaching the subject in this text.  Read more...

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