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A History of English Words

Geoffrey Hughes · ISBN 9780631188551
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Publisher John Wiley & Sons (UK)
Author(s) Geoffrey Hughes
Edition 1
Published 16th December 1999
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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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