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

D. Gary Miller


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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