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English Words History and Structure

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ISBN-10: 0521709172

ISBN-13: 9780521709170

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Robert Stockwell, Donka Minkova

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $65.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 231
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Robert Stockwell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lexical heritage
The background of English
The early modern English cultural scene
Smaller than words: morphemes and types of morphemes
Allomorphy, phonetics, and affixation
Replacement rules
Deletion rules and other kinds of allomorphy
Fossilized allomorphy. False cognates and other etymological pitfalls
Semantic relations and semantic change
The pronunciation of classical words in English