The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
JHU Press, 2001 - 672 pages
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.
... prefix , con- may mean against , as in contradict , control . But in the great majority of its occurrences the prefix con- is a shift , for easier sounding , of com- , together . Com- remains before b , m , and p ; it changes before c ...
... prefix , however , ant may come from either ante , before ( anticipate , antediluvian ) or anti , against ( antagonist , antimacassar : protection on chair against hair oil , which in Victorian days was imported from Macassar , a port ...
... prefixes , suffixes , and midfixes from the basic stems , scholars have been able to follow seemingly quite different words back to a single root . The most frequent of these forms and transformations are presented here with their ...
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