The Oxford Guide to Etymology

The Oxford Guide to Etymology This practical introduction to word history investigates every aspect of where words come from and how they change Philip Durkin chief etymologist of the Oxford English Dictionary shows how differen

  • Title: The Oxford Guide to Etymology
  • Author: Philip Durkin
  • ISBN: 9780199236510
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This practical introduction to word history investigates every aspect of where words come from and how they change Philip Durkin, chief etymologist of the Oxford English Dictionary, shows how different types of evidence can shed light on the myriad ways in which words change in form and meaning He considers how such changes can be part of wider linguistic processes, or bThis practical introduction to word history investigates every aspect of where words come from and how they change Philip Durkin, chief etymologist of the Oxford English Dictionary, shows how different types of evidence can shed light on the myriad ways in which words change in form and meaning He considers how such changes can be part of wider linguistic processes, or be influenced by a complex mixture of social and cultural factors He illustrates every point with a wide range of fascinating examples.Dr Durkin investigates folk etymology and other changes which words undergo in everyday use He shows how language families are established, how words in different languages can have a common ancester, and the ways in which the latter can be distinguished from words introduced through language contact He examines the etymologies of the names of people and places His focus is on English but he draws many examples from languages such as French, German, and Latin which cast light on the pre histories of English words.The Oxford Guide to Etymology is reliable, readable, instructive, and enjoyable Everyone interested in the history of words will value this account of an endlessly fascinating subject.

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    1. Philip Durkin's THE OXFORD GUIDE TO ETYMOLOGY is an introduction to this field of linguistics, the tracing of word histories. Durkin is an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and in this introduction he draws all of the examples from the history of English. Of course that means drawing in data from Latin, French, Old Norse, etc but since the words he examines are part of English, any reader can relate to them. This book is chock-full of information, but it's difficult to see what the audien [...]

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