The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
JHU Press, 2001 - 672 էջ
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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The Greek root anth , meaning man , is also found in the name Alexander , meaning protector of men . Philander should mean lover of men ; as a verb , it has a livelier sense , from stories and plays that have. Introduction xiv.
a livelier sense , from stories and plays that have so named a philanderer . Mr. Antrobus , referring to the first man , Adam , is with Eve and Cain a character in Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth . The forms from anthr have ...
Roll the sounds 1 and r along your tongue , and you may sense the reason . Metathesis Metathesis , the transposition of a sound , may occur in bumbling speech . It has created blunders ( some devised for humor ) , which , after the ...
English pine ( the tree ) is French pin ( sounded pa - nasalized ) ; reverse the languages , and sound and sense also change : English pin , French pine ( sounded peen ) meaning penis . These are some of the ways in which an Indo ...
Few have more than two separate senses ; but the root weik and the root wel are listed with five meanings , and the ... continue in a language along with the original , or survive after the original , literal sense has lapsed from use .