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  English language : QuicklyFind Info
English is descended from the language spoken by the Germanic tribes, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes (Vikings), that began populating the British Isles around 500 AD.
English belongs to the western sub-branch of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages.
English grammar is based on that of its Germanic roots, though some scholars during the 1700s and 1800s attempted to impose Latin grammar upon it, with little success.
www.quicklyfind.com /info/English_language.htm   (2819 words)

One theory suggests that it originated with a migration of proto-Greek speakers into Greece, which is dated to any period between 3200 BC to 1900 BC.
Greek was the official language of the Eastern Roman Empire (or Byzantine Empire), until Constantinople fell to the Turks in 1453.
Greek, like all of the older Indo-European languages, is highly inflected, for example, nouns (including proper nouns) have five cases (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative and vocative), three genders (masculine, feminine and neuter), and three numbers (singular, dual and plural).
www.greekeducation.net   (1096 words)

 Greek language at AllExperts
Greek has been written in the Greek alphabet (the first to introduce vowels), since the 9th century BC in Greece (before that in Linear B), and the 4th century BC in Cyprus (before that in Cypriot syllabary).
Classical Greek fell into disuse in western Europe in the Middle Ages, but remained known in the Byzantine world, and was reintroduced to the rest of Europe with the Fall of Constantinople and Greek migration to Italy.
Greek words have been widely borrowed into the European languages: astronomy, democracy, philosophy, thespian, etc. Moreover, Greek words and word elements continue to be productive as a basis for coinages: anthropology, photography, isomer, biomechanics etc. and form, with Latin words, the foundation of international scientific and technical vocabulary.
en.allexperts.com /e/g/gr/greek_language.htm   (2399 words)

 English Words of Greek Origin at Eduseek.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Greek As The Basis For English Words - 350 English words that are derived from ancient Greek.
The Influence of Ancient Greek Words - An article demonstrating the frequent use of English words that are of Greek origin.
Greek Origin - A list of English words of Greek (or Latin) origin.
www.eduseek.com /navigate.php?ID=3302   (79 words)

 abdomenThe orgin of this term is not known. It was used as long ago as Pliny (A.D. 50), a   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
The word myle was given to the posterior teeth, the grinders, and became mola in Latin.
From this word, which dates back to the time when the heart was thought to be the seat of emotions, two series of terms have been derived.
The word is used in the term coxa valga to denote an abduction of the thigh due to deformity of the neck of the femur.
www.emory.edu /ANATOMY/AnatomyManual/Etymology.html   (4553 words)

Classical Greek fell into disuse in western Europe in the Middle Ages, but remained known in the Byzantine Empire, and was reintroduced to the rest of Europe with the Fall of Constantinople and Greek migration to Italy.
The bulk of Greek vocabulary evolved from the Proto-Greek, the ancestor of all Greek dialects.
Greek is considered to be a Category II language in terms of difficulty for speakers of English.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/february/greek.html   (1163 words)

 An Apocalypse: the Greek Imprint in the English Language
Following, the reader is introduced to a sampler of Greek words in the English language, as it is next to impossible to include close to 85,000 words of Greek origin.
Although there is no such a letter in the Greek alphabet, several Greek words commencing with a "K" or kappa have been adapted and the kappa has been converted to the Latin "C".
The root of a Greek verb was thus subject to a kind of development by means of endings and prefixes until the exact notion of the time, its point and duration, and the completeness of the action, was expressed with a specific delicacy of which no other language has ever shown itself susceptible.
www.geocities.com /hellenicmind/Greekwords.html   (2746 words)

 Qwika - similar:Zoe
This is a list of English words of Hebrew (and related Semitic) origin.
(Origin unknown) These are lists of words in the English language which are known as "loanwords" or "borrowings," which are derived from other languages: List of English words of Australian Aboriginal origin List of English words o...
The Greek language has contributed to the English vocabulary in three ways: directly as an immediate donor, indirectly through other intermediate language(s), as an original donor (mainly through Latin and French), and with modern coinages or new Greek.
www.qwika.com /rels/Zoe   (462 words)

 English Words: History and Structure
English Words: History and Structure is concerned primarily with those words borrowed from the classical languages, namely Latin and Greek, either directly, or indirectly via French.
English is traced back to its Indo-European roots, and the effects of the Germanic, Celtic, Hellenic, and Italic language branches are discussed.
English Words: History and Structure is suitable both for undergraduates and those with a more casual interest in the subject.
www.fun-with-words.com /review_english_words.html   (970 words)

 English language - Gurupedia
Old English (also known as Anglo-Saxon), the language spoken by the Germanic tribes in England prior to the Norman Conquest; Middle English, generally, the language of the commoners in England after the Norman Conquest and before the development of the
English is a much less inflected language than most Indo-European languages, placing much grammatical information in auxiliary words and word order.
List of English words of Hindi origin, List of English words of Urdu origin)
www.gurupedia.com /e/en/english_language.htm   (2597 words)

 Numerical Adjectives, Greek and Latin Number Prefixes
Thus, where other word lists of the Phrontistery are simply listed in "word: definition" form, this page will try to show you, in tabular format, how to construct your own terms from the basic principles, and to give you a better grasp of this tricky topic.
English has two entirely distinct words to refer to the belief of some Christians that the Apocalypse will come at or around the millennium (an important thing to keep in mind at this point in history).
This is not a coincidence; the duodenum was originally known as the intestinum duodenum digitorum "intestine of twelve fingers", because it was perceived to be about twelve fingersbreadth in length by the medieval anatomists who named it in the 14th century while mucking around with corpses.
phrontistery.info /numbers.html   (2239 words)

 English vocabulary words derived from Latin and Greek prefixes, roots, and suffixes and other dictionary info
To know the origin of words is to know how men think, how they have fashioned their civilizations.
Word history traces the paths of human relationships, the bridges from mind to mind, and from nation to nation.
Some of the words in English can be traced to a remote past; some have histories that began yesterday or are even beginning today.
www.wordfocus.com   (774 words)

 yourDictionary.com • Library: Origin of Words II
Latin and Greek belong to the same family as Proto-Germanic, a family that developed from Proto-Indo-European (PIE).
English has not borrowed as extensively from Greek as it has from Latin; however, there are still thousands of words borrowed from Greek or based on Greek roots.
For that reason many of the words lent to English by indigenous populations referred to animals (opossum, budgerigar, bungarra (edible lizard), koala, coyote (coyotl), kangaroo, chipmunk, muskrat) and vegetation (potato, chili, tobacco, kauri (pine).
www.yourdictionary.com /library/ling008_a.html   (1227 words)

 Carolyn's Corner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
I know that the k (from the Greek kappa) usually changes to a c when the Greek word part comes into English, but some words, such as leukemia, are spelled with a k instead of a c.
Traditionally the Greek k (kappa) was transliterated ("represented or spelled in the letters or characters of another language or alphabet") with a c.
If the speller is unsure whether the Greek spelling has a kappa or a chi, the best choice is to guess that the English word is spelled with a c, because kappa is more common in Greek than chi, and a c is the more common transliteration for kappa.
www.spellingbee.com /glance/c_k_greek.shtml   (893 words)

 Supporting English Acquisition
In English, there is a tendency to use phrasal verbs more in spoken and colloquial communication than in formal writing.
Coincidentally, at that time many educated people also knew how to read and write Latin and Classical Greek; so they turned to these languages as well to find new words for English in order to help them keep up with new fields of learning for which there were no English words.
English became laden with foreign terms that vied with native English words to express shades of the same idea.
www.rit.edu /~seawww/phrasalverbs/pv05synonyms.html   (406 words)

 Autological Words   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
In other words, an autological word is a word that describes itself, and a heterological word is a word that does not describe itself.
The French word 'adjuster' was adjusted to form 'adjusted', the Old French 'ajoster' was adjusted to form 'adjuster', and the Latin word 'juxta' was adjusted to form 'ajoster'.
The words 'four' and '1' are self-documenting in a sense, because they tell us how many letters/symbols they each contain, but it requires too much interpretation to see this for them to be properly autological.
www.stanford.edu /~segerman/autological.html   (1147 words)

 Etymology of Selected Words of Indian Language Origin
However words were rarely substituted to English words, as it happened during Old English and Middle English periods, with Latin and French words.
Rather the words that were borrowed which already had meanings were used to adorn a text or speech since it sounded different and fashionable.
This word was probably absorbed to Portuguese, when the Portuguese ruled over Goa, Bombay during the early part of the 17th century, and from Portuguese was absorbed to English.
www.wmich.edu /dialogues/themes/indianwords.htm   (3061 words)

 Word Play
Lists from previous years are available in their archive to view or to print as a poster.
Sponsored by the English Department at San Jose State University since 1982, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.
This page was originally created to give a good group of tongue twisters to people in speech therapy, to people who want to work on getting rid of an accent, or to people who just plain like tongue twisters.
www.wolinskyweb.net /word.htm   (4506 words)

 KryssTal : The Origin of Words and Names
Words ending in J are not common in English so the spelling quickly changed to a NARANGE.
Words can be combined to form new words (air and port gave airport; land and mark to give landmark).
English and British surnames (family names) have four main sources: the person's occupation, the place of origin, a nickname and relations.
www.krysstal.com /wordname.html   (980 words)

 EnglishToolbox.net | David Appleyard's Guide to English Spelling Rules
American English not only adheres to the usual rule requiring the final syllable to be stressed before doubling, it doubles the final l in all forms of the verb, thereby eliminating this particular spelling headache altogether:
In British English (as in the case involving a final l above), a stressed syllable is not a prerequisite for doubling the s before -ed and -ing to form past tenses and gerunds.
In modern-day English, onto and on to are both regarded as correct prepositional forms.
www.davidap.com /english/spelling.htm   (1180 words)

 Do You Speak American . Words That Shouldn't Be? . Sez Who? . Campus Talk | PBS
Relatively few slang words for ‘drunk’ are recorded in these sources, and almost no terms have sexual referents; these depictions of college life were all written for polite society.
This Greek expression alludes both to the English word barbarian and to its source, the Greek word meaning ‘foreigner, one who is not Greek’.
After a pilot study that circulated thirty words to several leading colleges for confirmation and additions, an expanded list of three hundred items was sent to “all the colleges and universities in the country, as well as to a number of secondary schools”; (1900, 5).
www.pbs.org /speak/words/sezwho/campustalk   (4521 words)

 List of English words of Arabic origin
disputed origin; possibly from 'awira "to be damaged," or from Italian avere or French aveir, "property", from Latin habere, "to have"
Greek Aigyptios, but ultimately from Ancient Egyptian Hiku Pitah, the House of the God Pitah.
Latin form of a Greek word itself adapted from an Aramaic and/or Canaanite form resembling Biblical Hebrew דמשק damasheq.
www.khayma.com /fatemah/nashrah/Arabic_origin1/index.htm   (358 words)

 Amazon.com: English Words from Latin and Greek Elements: Books: Donald M. Ayers,Thomas D. Worthen,R. L. Cherry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
As a consequence of her studies, such a student will have stored in her brain the keys to about half of the harder words in English including the many thousands of technical words invented each year--especially those medical and biological tongue twisters invented by the biological and medical communities.
With the keys in her head and the word in its context before her, the student will often undertand the author without having to look up words that often are not yet even in the most recent dictionary.
Although the information contained in "English Words - From Latin and Greek Elements" is of a high quality, and of the sort that my students would benefit from, it is given at a level which requires intelligence and patience.
www.amazon.com /English-Words-Latin-Greek-Elements/dp/0816508992   (1688 words)

 Congregation of Yahuweh, Lower Hutt, NZ. Confusion Of Words.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
This is due to the suspect origin of many words in current use in the English
The word holy on the other hand is derived from the worship of the sun.
Hymn: From the Greek hymnos, derived from one of the muses, “Polyhymnia”
www.congregationofyhwhnz.org.nz /html/confusion_of_words_.html   (1664 words)

 English Words from Arabic
As with the list of Amerindian words, this list isn't exhaustive-- the OED has over 900 words; but the others are obscure (words like enam, sulham, zibib).
After a second hyphen I give (if possible) the further derivation (Greek, Persian, etc.), or the verbal root (glossed as an infinitive; but the citation form of Arabic roots is actually the 3sg past).
Some words are borrowed directly from Arabic; but most of these words have taken the scenic route, through Spanish, Italian, and/or French; or through Turkish, Persian, or Urdu; or through Hebrew or Latin.
www.zompist.com /arabic.html   (808 words)

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This link provides installation and usage instructions on reading, writing, and printing in Greek, as well as some tips on how to email in Greek, and spell check your Greek text.
This link will take you to a list of English words of Greek origin.
groups.msn.com /GreeceCafe/links.msnw   (482 words)

 Nym Words > Autoantonyms
If you have read our antonyms page, you will know that two words with opposite meanings are called antonyms.
Auto-antonym has Greek roots meaning a word that is the opposite of itself.
Below is a list af many such words, and their associated opposite (or near-opposite) meanings.
www.fun-with-words.com /nym_autoantonyms.html   (242 words)

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