English Words (2nd ed.)

History and Structure

by Donka Minkova, Robert Stockwell

This new edition is concerned primarily with the learned vocabulary of English - the words borrowed from the classical languages. It surveys the historical events that define the layers of vocabulary in English, introduces some of the basic principles of linguistic analysis, and is a helpful manual for vocabulary discernment and enrichment. The new edition has been updated with a discussion of the most recent trends of blending and shortening associated with texting and other forms of electronic communication and includes a new classification of the types of allomorphy. It discusses important topics such as segment sonority and the historical shifting of long vowels in English, and includes a new section on Grimm's law, explaining some of the more obscure links between Germanic and Latinate cognates. Exercises accompany each chapter and an online workbook contains readings and exercises to strengthen knowledge acquired in the classroom.
  • Cambridge University Press; March 2009
  • ISBN: 9780511513060
  • Edition: 2
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: English Words
  • Author: Donka Minkova; Robert Stockwell
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'This text is very accessible to all levels of reader. Stockwell and Minkova assume no knowledge of linguistics or linguistic terminology, and they explain all technical concepts and jargon in simple terms. Anyone studying the history of the English language, or any branch of diachronic linguistics, will benefit from it. English Words: History and Structure is suitable both for undergraduates and those with a more casual interest in the subject.' Daniel Austin, Fun-with-words.com