A History of English Words, Paperback

A History of English Words Paperback

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This book traces the remarkable reconfigurations that English lexis has undergone in the past millennium.

The vocabulary is studied as an indicator of social change, a symbol reflecting different social dynamics between speech communities, on models of dominance, cohabitation, colonialism and globalisation. * Comprehensive guide to the evolution of the English vocabulary. * Well known passages from literature are used to illustrate the variety of English words. * Accessible discussion of Latin, Greek, Germanic and Norman--French languages. * Contains original research into the make--up of the current lexical core of English.

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