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English Vocabulary Elements

Keith Denning, William R. Leben, Brett Kessler, William Ronald Leben Oxford University Press, USA, Feb 17, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 320 pages 1 Reviewhttps://books.google.com/books/about/English_Vocabulary_Elements.html?id=jz76l9RAccQC Fascination with words-their meanings, origins, pronunciation, usages-is something most of us experience at some point. This book aims both to fuel and to satisfy that fascination.The book is based on a course that each of the authors helped to develop at Stanford University over the past twenty years. The aim of the course was to help students master English vocabulary and to provide the fundamentals for pursuing an interest in English words. To this end, the book offers a detailed but introductory survey of the developments that have given English a uniquely rich vocabulary, taking into account both the changing structure of the language and the historical events that shaped the language as a whole. Anyone who believes that changes in the language are robbing it of its elegance or expressive power will see this view challenged by the developments described here.At the core of the book are a set of several hundred vocabulary elements that English borrowed, directly or indirectly, over the past fifteen hundred years, from Latin and Greek. These elements, introduced gradually chapter by chapter, provide a key to understanding the structure and meaning of much of the learned vocabulary of the language.The chapters trace the history and structure of English words from the sixth century onward, laying out the major influences that are still observable in our vocabulary today. Each chapter ends with a large number of exercises. These offer many different types of practice with the material in the text, making it possible to tailor the work to different sets of needs and interests.Upon finishing this textbook, students will be able to penetrate the structure of an enormous portion of the vocabulary of English, with or without the help of a dictionary, and to understand better how an individual word fits into the system of the language.This second edition incorporates improved and refined text as well as examples and exercises, with thorough revision of pedagogy as a result of their significant classroom-based expertise. The new edition also updates cultural references, accounts for variations in pronunciation among students, and clarifies when historical details are important or peripheral. Preview this book »

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Title Page
Table of Contents
Index
References

Contents

The Wealth of English 3 The History of English and Sources of English Vocabulary 19 Morphology Analyzing Complex Words 41 Allomorphy 75 Phonetics 95 Regular Allomorphy Numeric Elements 113 Polysemy and Semantic Change 137 Usage and Variation 157 The Prehistory of English and the Other IndoEuropean Languages 189 Later Changes From Latin to French to English 207 Elements to Glosses 221 Glosses to Elements 249 Glossary 277 Further Reading and Research Tools 299 Index 305 Copyright

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ablaut acronym adjective affix allomorphs alveolar ancestor basic called classical Latin compound consonant Deletion derivational dictionary Element Chapter Element Gloss Source English vocabulary English words etymology following words fricative function G G G G L G G Source Germanic languages Gloss Source Examples Greek hypernym Indo-European languages laryngeal Latin and Greek Latin Vowel Weakening Latin words learned letters lexeme lexical linguistic literally manner of articulation meaning metaphor metonymy Middle English Modern English morph morpheme morphological component mouth nasal native Norse noun obstruents Old English oral stops original palate parse perfect participle phonetic place of articulation polysemy prefix produced pronounced pronunciation Proto-Indo-European refer root semantic change singular sound changes Source Element Source Gloss speak speech spelling stem suffix syllabic consonants syllable symbols tense thing tion tongue variation velar verb voiced voiceless Vowel Shift West Germanic languages word’s

About the author (2007)


Keith Denning was Professor of Linguistics at Eastern Michigan University until his death in 1998.
Brett Kessler is Assistant Professor of Psychology and of PNP (Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology) at Washington University in St. Louis. William R. Leben is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University.

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Title English Vocabulary Elements Authors Keith Denning, William R. Leben, Brett Kessler, William Ronald Leben Edition illustrated Publisher Oxford University Press, USA, 2007 ISBN 019516802X, 9780195168020 Length 320 pages Subjects Language Arts & Disciplines  › Linguistics  › General

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