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Word origins - and how we know them : etymology for everyone

Author: Anatoly Liberman
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A guide to the science and process of etymology for the layperson explains how the origins and history of hundreds of words are determined, discussing such topics as folk etymology, changes of meaning in language history, borrowed words, and the methods of etymology.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anatoly Liberman
ISBN: 9780195387070 0195387074
OCLC Number: 262430723
Description: vii, 325 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The object of etymology --
The thing and the sign --
Sound imitative words --
Sound symbolism --
Folk etymology --
Words based on reduplication --
Infixation --
Disguised compounds --
Suffixes, prefixes, misdivision, and blends --
Words and names --
Coinages by known individuals --
Borrowed words --
A retrospect: the methods of etymology --
Sound laws --
Change of meaning in language history --
The origin of the earliest words and ancient roots --
The state of English etymology --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Anatoly Liberman.

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A guide to the science and process of etymology for the layperson explains how the origins and history of hundreds of words are determined, discussing such topics as folk etymology, changes of meaning in language history, borrowed words, and the methods of etymology.

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Prof. Liberman's excellent book would make a fine Christmas present for anyone interested in the history of the English language. * Irish Times, *

 
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