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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In Tatar , mama was used to mean earth ; whence mammont : a monster that was thought to burrow in the earth ; a giant , extinct elephant . Mistaking the n for u , Fr mammouth , whence E mammoth - and in 1977 an actual baby mammoth was ...
... Klaproth renamed it titanium , the Titans being children of Uranus and his wife Ge , goddess of earth ( whence ... is the ninth most abundant element in the earth's crust , and exists in even higher concentration on the moon .
L tersa , terra : dry earth , as in terra firma , terra cotta . terrain , territory ; extraterritorial , terrestrial , extraterrene , extraterrestrial , inter , earlier interr , as still in interring . interment .