The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984 - 636 страници
There are no direct records of the original Indo-European speech. By comparing the vocabularies of its various descendants, however, it is possible to reconstruct the basic Indo-European roots with considerable confidence. In The Origins of English Words, Shipley catalogues these proposed roots and follows the often devious, always fascinating, process by which some of their offshoots have grown.
Anecdotal, eclectic, and always enthusiastic, The Origins of English Words is a diverting expedition beyond linguistics into literature, history, folklore, anthropology, philosophy, and science.
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For some three hundred fifty years Anglo - Saxon and Norman French competed , and gradually merged , until Chaucer's poems and Caxton's printing press set the crown upon their fusion into English In the shuffle and friction of these ...
Latin scintilla came directly into English , giving us scintillate as well ; by metathesis it is also the source of tinsel and stencil . Reduplication A sound may , in early speech , be reduplicated , as we say chat and chitchat ; hurry ...
Latin v is English w . German w is English v . German v is English f . In both the United States and England , school and orchestra have a k sound ; but schedule is pronounced skedule in the one country and shedule in the other .