By R. M. W Dixon
alongside gold-en, will we say silver-y (not silver-en)? Why is it wood-en (not wood-ic) yet metall-ic (not metall-en)?
After brief initial chapters, which set the scene and description the standards hired, there are money owed of the derivation of destructive phrases, of alternative derivations which don't switch notice category, on making new verbs, new adjectives, new nouns, and new adverbs. the ultimate bankruptcy offers with mixtures of suffixes, of prefixes, and of the 2 jointly. inside every one bankruptcy, derivational affixes are prepared in semantic teams, the contributors of that are contrasted with admire to that means and
function; for instance, child-less and child-free. for every affix there's an account of its genetic foundation (from previous English, Greek, Latin, French, and so on), its phonological shape and implications for pressure placement, the roots it may be connected to (and why), and the way its diversity of meanings has
developed over the centuries. The ebook is written within the author's accustomed variety - transparent and well-organised, with easy-to-understand motives. The exposition is illustrated by means of examples, starting from Shakespeare, W. S. Gilbert, and glossy novels to what used to be heard at the radio. it will likely be a useful textual content and sourcebook for students and scholars of the English language and of basic linguistics, from undergraduate point upwards. the numerous attention-grabbing evidence awarded right here, in the sort of lucid
and available demeanour, also will attract the overall reader attracted to deciding on to items the English language to determine the way it works.
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