• How the Words of Modern English Emerged

  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Miscellaneous
  • Release date: 02-03-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Great Courses
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (2 ratings)

Summary

Starting with Celtic contributions to English vocabulary, explore the borrowings from Old Norse, French, and Latin. These have enriched English with a wealth of synonyms, allowing speakers to choose between alternatives such as the Anglo-Saxon hide versus the Latinate conceal.
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