English Vocabulary Elements

English Vocabulary Elements

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This is a textbook for vocabulary-building courses. The book is primarily intended to help students improve their vocabulary skills by teaching the basic units of written English vocabulary. Drawing extensively on the methods and results of modern linguistics, especially word analysis. Leben and Denning provide the student with the necessary tools to acquire an effective understanding of learned, specialized and scientific vocabulary. The text also includes brief introductions to the history of English, language change and the basics of phonetics, to facilitate, supplement, and enrich the student of vocabulary elements. Structured so as to be useable in any of several different kinds of curricula with differing time constraints and differing degrees of intensity and scope, the book can serve as a core text in courses in English vocabulary (specifically, scientific, or general), verbal aptitude examination preparation, English grammar (first or second language), or scientific writing. Each chapter refers to a list of morphemes contained in an appendix, which the student then uses to complete the exercises assigned by the instructor.show more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 362.52g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures, tables, bibliography
  • 019506609X
  • 9780195066098

Table of contents

PREFACE; PRONUNCIATION GUIDE; INTRODUCTION: THE WEALTH OF ENGLISH; THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH AND SOURCES OF ENGLISH VOCABULARY; MORPHOLOGY: ANALYZING COMPLEX WORDS; ALLOMORPHY; PHONETICS; REGULAR ALLOMORPHY; NUMERALS AND NUMBER WORDS; POLYSEMY AND SEMATIC CHANGE; USAGE AND VARIATION; LATIN AND GREEK MORPHOLOGY; PREHISTORY OF ENGLISH AND OTHER INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES; LATIN WORDS, PHRASES, AND ABBREVIATIONS; LATER CHANGES: FROM LATIN TO FRENCH TO ENGLISH; APPENDIX I, PART 1: MORPHEMES TO GLOSSES; APPENDIX I, PART 2: GLOSSES TO MORPHEMES; APPENDIX II : MORPHEME SETS 1 TO 9show more

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"This will be quite a useful text for secondary teachers--in terms of background in English, history, morphology, usage, etc.--to enhance teaching of English, vocabulary development and writing."--Sandra Jackson, DePaul University"An excellent supplementary text for a course on the history of the English language and/or grammar."--Zacharias Thundy, Northern Michigan University"An excellent book!"--Glenn Swetman, William Carey College on the Coast"An accessible blend of all the vocabulary elements a college reading class should include."--Barbara Sullivan, Laramie County Community College[Vsn 1, for linguists] "The best introduction to the study of English words available. This linguistically-informed and highly readable text has a dual focus: on the one hand it systematically covers topics ranging from word formation, word analysis, and allomorphy, to etymology, meaning change, and growth of the English vocabulary; at the same time, there is an emphasis throughout on developing word-awareness and on incremental vocabulary expansion. This adds a highly practical dimension to the material, undeniably attractive to students preparing for the major verbal aptitude tests such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.This book is not only ideal as an introduction to the structure of English (words or more generally), but is also usable as a practical introduction to basic linguistic notions. The authors have managed to convey sophisticated linguistic concepts while focusing on the most universally interesting and accessible aspect of language: words."--Suzanne Kemmer, Rice University[Vsn 2, for non-linguists] "The best introduction to the study of English words available. This linguistically-informed and highly readable text has a dual focus: on the one hand it systematically covers topics ranging from word formation and word analysis, to etymology, meaning change, and growth of the English vocabulary; at the same time, there is an emphasis throughout on developing word-awareness and on incremental vocabulary expansion. This adds a highly practical dimension to the material, undeniably attractive to students preparing for the major verbal aptitude tests such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.This book is not only ideal as an introduction to the structure of English (words or more generally), but is also usable as a practical introduction to basic linguistic notions. The authors have managed to convey sophisticated linguistic concepts while focusing on the most universally interesting and accessible aspect of language: words.--Suzanne Kemmer, Rice University[Version 3, short and general] "The best introduction to the study of English words available. This linguistically-informed and highly readable text...is not only ideal as an introduction to the structure of English (words or more generally), but is also usable as a practical introduction to basic linguistic notions. The authors have managed to convey sophisticated linguistic concepts while focusing on the most universally interesting and accessible aspect of language: words.--Suzanne Kemmer, Rice University"Highly accessible to those lacking a background in linguistics. It is both readable and interesting, and is particularly useful to those requiring word-parsing skills (such as students of law or medicine). For those who simply love words, it is a joy."--Deborah Osborne, Simon Fraser Universityshow more

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