Amazing Words: An Alphabetical Anthology of Alluring, by Richard Lederer

By Richard Lederer

With interesting etymologies and letter styles of greater than four hundred daily phrases, bestselling language author Richard Lederer deals insights into the main bedazzling, beguiling, and bewitching phrases within the English language. Readers will notice why William Shakespeare might be hiding within the outdated testomony; why "run" is the longest be aware in English; how people's names develop into universal phrases; and the way the Bible, mythology, the ocean, the land, convey company, and video games spark phrases and words in daily vocabulary. Chock-full of transfixing observe histories, magical letter play, and hilarious puns, Amazing Words is an important e-book for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores.

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Influence on the phonology of the target language 12. Linguistic similarity with target language Latin contact – OE/ME period Scandinavian contact – OE period French contact – ME period recipient (imitation) indirect low source (adaptation) direct high recipient (imitation) (in)direct average small relatively large small high high yes yes equal equal no no high high some some yes/yes no/no yes/no small (formal) no large in the Danelaw area (informal) yes very large (mostly formal) some no yes no ways of word-formation due to the phonological erosion of bound morphemes, and hence it was a ‘shorter path’ to borrow words rather than to make up one’s own, as was still the rule in the Old English period concerning the adoption of Latin words (cf.

And, we could add, there was no need for them because there was already a perfectly adequate construction making use of a pronoun. 2 The case of Old Norse There is a lot of controversy about the influence Old Norse may have had on the English dialects spoken in Northern England and later, through migration of Northern and Midlands speakers into the London area, also on the developing Standard. The main problem is that it is not possible to link the archaeological (burial, sculptural and coinage) evidence and the evidence from place-names directly to the number of settlers (see Hadley 1997; Hadley and Richards 2000).

Swiðe mænifealdlice steorran of heofenan feollan this land . . 12)) What is interesting is that three other examples with passive seon do occur but with a present participle rather than an infinitive, a construction also found twice as a replacement in Timofeeva’s subcorpus-1: 26 Olga Fischer (3) ... & fyrenne dracan wæron gesewene on þam lifte . . 1)) These participle constructions can comfortably be interpreted as native since the participle need not be directly dependent on the main verb but can be interpreted as dependent on the NP, dracan.

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