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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caput : head . There is much under this head . A root ghebhel : head , has also been suggested ; but save for Gc gable and perhaps the Gk cephalic group , our English words seem to spring from L caput , capitis : head .
Prefix head , as headmaster . gable ; Goethe's Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh : Over every mountaintop is peace . ... While we may speak of a person as “ out of his mind , ” it is hard to escape from one's head .
Bearing the severed head of the beast back to the city , the sobering Agave realized that she held her son's head in her hands . ( The Dionysia were sometimes called Omophagia : eating of raw flesh . ) Euripides presents this story in ...