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An Introduction to English Etymology NEW

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ClassGraphic English is a big melting pot of languages! Over 60 percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. In the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, the figure rises to over 90 percent. Many English words have come into our language through the Romance languages such as French and Spanish. In addition, other influences loom large, in most modern languages: about 8% of Spanish is based in Arabic, for instance. Learning the roots that words spring from can help broaden your understanding of English, as well as increase your vocabulary. This class will tackle five sets of prolific word roots forming the basis of a large number of English words. We will use chapters from the standard book, Donald Ayers' English Words from Latin and Greek Elements. We will also touch on the history of Indo-European and non-IE languages generally, and try to develop a sense of the sources of English even beyond Latin and Greek. (Hint: where does "coffee" come from? :)

Class Details

3 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

MPL - Main

Jerise Fogel 



Please read:  Please note: Students may purchase book if interested, but it is not required for the class: Donald Ayers, English Words from Latin and Greek Elements, 2nd edition, Univ of AZ Press; ISBN: 978-0816508990



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Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/7/2019 - 11/21/2019 Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Montclair, MPL - Main  Map Jerise Fogel