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Discovering Words

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For centuries English has assimilated words from other languages. Julian Walker offers a treasury of word histories, showing the variety of ways the words we use have evolved. The book is arranged into subjects, within which a selection of words are traced back through the stages by which they came to be part of the English language, and through more recent changes over time in form and meaning. Historical dictionaries such as "Johnson's" and "Webster's" are referenced throughout, especially where there has been disagreement over the histories and 'proper' form of words. "Discovering Words" provides an enticing introduction to the subject of etymology, showing how the words we use hold the histories of human interaction and communication.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 112 x 174 x 8mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Original
  • 50 B/W
  • 0747807493
  • 9780747807490
  • 1,149,864

About Julian Walker

Julian Walker is an artist and writer and a former EFL teacher, the author of The Nelson Practice Book of Phrasal Verbs; he is a workshop-leader at the British Library, specializing in the English language and early books. The author lives in Cambridge, England.show more

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