External Influences on English: From its Beginnings to the Renaissance

Hardcover | September 2, 2012

byD. Gary Miller

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This book provides the fullest account ever published of the external influences on English during the first thousand years of its formation. In doing so it makes profound contributions to the history of English and of western culture more generally. English is a Germanic language but altogether different from the other languages of that family. Professor Miller shows how and why the Anglo-Saxons began to borrow and adapt words from Latin and Greek. He provides detailed case studies of the processes by which several hundred of them enteredEnglish. He also considers why several centuries later the process of importation was renewed and accelerated. He describes the effects of English contacts with the Celts, Vikings, and French, and the ways in which these altered the language's morphological and syntactic structure. He shows howloanwords from French, for example, not only increased the richness of English derivation but resulted in a complex competition between native and borrowed suffixes. Gary Miller combines historical, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. His scholarly, readable, and always fascinating account will be of enduring value to everyone interested in the history of English.

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This book provides the fullest account ever published of the external influences on English during the first thousand years of its formation. In doing so it makes profound contributions to the history of English and of western culture more generally. English is a Germanic language but altogether different from the other languages of t...

Gary Miller is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Classics at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1969, with a dissertation on Studies in Some Forms of the Genitive Singular in Indo-European. He is the author of some 45 articles on Indo-European, classical, and general linguistics. His books include Homer...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:September 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199654263

ISBN - 13:9780199654260

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Celtic, Roman, and Germanic Background3. English: The Early Period4. Early Loanwords From Greek and Latin5. The Scandinavian Heritage of England6. The French Input7. Continuity and Revival of Classical Learning8. External Linguistic Input to EnglishSpecial Phonetic SymbolsPrimary Sources: Texts and EditionsReferences