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Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English

Philip Durkin


This book traces the history of loanwords in English from earliest times to the present day. The first two chapters outline the research methodology and framework, and introduce several key datasets that are referred to throughout the book: the full wordlist of the Oxford English Dictionary; the 1,000 most frequent words in a corpus of contemporary English; and the English words that provide the closest fit with a large list of basic meanings. The next three chapters look at the historical and cultural background up to the Norman Conquest, the methodology of comparative linguistics and the ide ... More

Keywords: loanwords, borrowing, Oxford English Dictionary, Latin, French, Scandinavian, Celtic, Old English, Middle English, lexicon, high-frequency vocabulary, basic meanings, sound change

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199574995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574995.001.0001


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Philip Durkin, author
Oxford University Press

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