Words, words, words




Words, words, words



Availibility: Available
Creator: C.M. Matthews
Area of focus: Evolution of language
Content Warning Types: Unknown
Format of resource: Small hardback book
Published Year: 1979
ISBN:
0718823419 (on goodreads)
and on amazon

Description:

Still we go on making them. New discoveries and inventions, new ideas and fashions, new social problems and – alas – new crimes. all demand them, and the wonder is that they are always forthcoming. We may run short of fuel, food and water, but never of words. Where do they come form? How do we find so many? What is the unfailing source, the inexhastioble mine from which we can always produce more? That is the theme of this book.
In the study C.M.Matthews shows some of the ways in which we have made and used words over the centuries- produced them, changed them about, shortened them and lengthened them, chopped them up and stuck them together, borrowed them from other languages, shifted or extended their meanings, and gone on using them over and over again.