Latin Suffixal Derivatives in English: and Their Indo-European Ancestry by D. Gary Miller

Latin Suffixal Derivatives in English: and Their Indo-European Ancestry

byD. Gary Miller

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This is the fullest account ever published of Latin suffixes in English. It explores the rich variety of English words formed by the addition of one or more Latin suffixes, such as -ial, -able, -ability, -ible, and -id. It traces the histories of over 3,000 words, revealing the range ofderivational patterns in Indo-European, Latin, and English. It describes the different kinds of suffixes, shows how they entered English via different channels at different times, and considers the complexity of competition between native and borrowed forms. The author examines postclassical,medieval, and early modern Latin derivatives, and demonstrates that Latin is still, and likely to remain, a productive source of English words. He traces the suffixes back to their Proto-Indo-European origins and provides copious examples for every aspect of his discussion. Professor Miller's innovative book makes an important contribution to the history of both English and Latin morphology and etymology, as well as to the history of suffixal derivation in Indo-European. It will interest scholars and students of comparative morphology, historical and comparativelinguistics, etymology, and lexicography.

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D. Gary Miller is Professor of Linguistics and Classics at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1969, with a dissertation on Studies in Some Forms of the Genitive Singular in Indo-European. As well as numerous articles on Indo-European, classical, and general linguistics, his publications include Homer and t...
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Title:Latin Suffixal Derivatives in English: and Their Indo-European AncestryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:424 pagesPublished:April 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Latin Sources and PeriodsDating and Other ConventionsAbbreviationsBibliographical Abbreviations1. Derivation2. Latin Non-Deverbal Nouns3. Noun Suffixes on Verb Bases4. Non-Deverbal Adjectives5. Deverbal and Deradical Adjectives6. Verbal SuffixesDictionariesReferencesIndo-European Root IndexGreek IndexLatin IndexEnglish Index

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"...a very thorough study of a large collection of data...this book offers a wealth of word histories that can be accessed in a flexible way by means of the extensive indices and --International Journal of Lexicography, Volume 20, Number 4