What's in a Word?
By Maya Pencheva
St. Kliment Ohridsky University Press
200 pages, illustrated
$48.00 paper original
A monograph on the history of the English language in the light of the influence of other languages and historical events on it. Contents include: The First Inhabitants. The First Invaders. Christianity. The Germanic Invasion. Linguistic Effect of the Viking Presence. Anglo-Norman Britain. The Rise of Standard English. Other Languages in the British Isles. Americanisms. Aboriginal Toponymy. New World Spanish. Pidgin and Creole. English Vocabulary today. Acronyms. Slang. Neologisms. Folk Etymology. References. Dictionaries. Appendix.
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