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Title: The Oxford Guide to Etymology
Written By: Philip Durkin
Description:

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 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 ancestor, 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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199236518
ISBN-13: 9780199236510
Pages: 352
Prices: U.S. $ 45.00