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

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

By: D. Gary Miller (author)Hardback

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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 of derivational patterns in Indo-European, Latin, and English. It describes the different kinds of suffix, 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 derivations, 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 comparative linguistics, etymology, and lexicography

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D. Gary Miller is Professor of Linguistics and the 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 the Ionian Epic Tradition (1982), Improvization, Typology, Culture, and 'The New Orthodoxy': How 'Oral' is Homer? (1982), Complex Verb Formation (1993), Ancient Scripts and Phonological Knowledge (1994), and Nonfinite Structures in Theory and Change (2002).


Aim and Coverage ; Etymological Dictionaries ; Citation of Indo-European Roots ; Acknowledgements ; Latin Sources and Periods ; Dating and Other Conventions ; List of Abbreviations ; 1. Derivation ; 2. Latin Non-Deverbal Nouns ; 3. Noun Suffixes on Verb Bases ; 4. Non-Deverbal Adjectives ; 5. Deverbal Adjectives ; 6. Verbal Suffixes ; Dictionaries ; Bibliographica Abbreviations ; References ; Indo-European Root Index ; Greek Index ; Latin Index ; English Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/07/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780199285051
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9780199285051
  • weight: 774
  • ISBN10: 0199285055

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