Etymology has been largely neglected since the beginning of this century. Professor Yakov Malkiel here sets out to rescue it from its fate. He enquires into the style, structure, presuppositions, and purposes of etymological enquiries over the last two centuries, and sets them against the practice of etymology in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. He also examines the complex and changing interrelationship between etymology and general linguistics in recent times, with the intention of revitalising etymological research. Professor Malkiel is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished practitioners of the discipline, and brings to this work a remarkable breadth and depth of scholarship. Wide-ranging and imaginative, Etymology will be welcomed by all historical linguists and Romance linguists.
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This historical survey enquires into the style, structure, presuppositions, and purposes of etymological enquiries over the past two centuries, and contrasts them with the practice of etymology in Antiquity and the Middle Ages.About the Author:
Malkiel taught for over fifty years at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Chicago, Illinois, Georgetown, Paris, Berlin, Oxford and Salamanca.
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