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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Beaumont , in the prologue to The Knight of the Burning Pestle ( 1613 ) , speaks words relevant today : “ knowing it to the wise to be as great pleasure to hear counsel mixed with wit as to the foolish to have sport mixed with rudeness ...
... Dr. John Collins Bossity of Holy Cross set the “ proper Bostonians ” in a jingle : Then here's to good old Boston , The home of the bean and the cod , Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots , And the Cabots speak only to God .
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