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

D. Gary Miller

Abstract

This comparative lexicographical account of Latin suffixes in English explores the rich variety of English loanwords formed by the addition of one or more Latin-derived suffixes, such as -ial, -able, -ability, and -id. It traces the histories of over 3,000 words, revealing the range of derivational 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 (especially French and Anglo-French), and considers the complexity of competition between native Germanic and borrowed forms. The Prot ... More

Keywords: comparative linguistics, deadjectival, denominal, deradical, deverbal, formative, history of English, Indo-European, Latin, loanword

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285051
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285051.001.0001

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D. Gary Miller, author
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