Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological Approach

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University of Texas Press, Dec 1, 2008 - Foreign Language Study - 637 pages

Unlike other vocabulary guides that require the rote memorization of literally thousands of words, this book starts from the premise that using the etymological connections between Spanish and English words--their common derivations from Latin, Greek, and other languages--is the most effective way to acquire and remember vocabulary. This approach is suitable for beginners as well as for advanced students. Teachers of the language will also find much material that can be used to help motivate their students to acquire, and retain, Spanish vocabulary.

Spanish Vocabulary is divided into four parts and four annexes:

  • Part I provides background material on the origins of Spanish and begins the process of presenting Spanish vocabulary.
  • Part II presents "classical" Spanish vocabulary--words whose form (in both Spanish and English) is nearly unchanged from Latin and Greek.
  • Part III deals with "popular" Spanish vocabulary, which underwent significant changes in form (and often meaning) during the evolution from Latin to Spanish. A number of linguistic patterns are identified that will help learners recognize and remember new vocabulary.
  • Part IV treats a wide range of themes, including words of Germanic and Arabic origin, numbers, time, food and animals, the family, the body, and politics.
  • Annex A: Principal exceptions to the "Simplified Gender Rule"
  • Annex B: 700 words whose relations, if any, to English words are not immediately obvious
  • Annex C: -cer verbs and related words
  • Annex D: 4,500 additional words, either individually or in groups, with English correspondences
 

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This book is a fascinating and in-depth look at the Latin roots of many, many words in the English language. Brodsky's work is an excellent resource for native English speakers studying Spanish, as he ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Preface
81
THE SHAPE OF SPANISH
91
comparative references to developments in other Romance languages
96
ANNEXES ADDITIONAL WORDS
463
Spanish Definition Other Cognate
511
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587
Selected References
635
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David Brodsky, , who currently resides in Aix-en-Provence, France, is also the author of Spanish Verbs Made Simple(r) and French Verbs Made Simple(r). He holds advanced degrees from MIT and Yale University.

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