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Society for Pure English, Tract 05 The Englishing of French Words; the Dialectal Words in Blunden's Poems   By:

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In "Society for Pure English, Tract 05 The Englishing of French Words; the Dialectal Words in Blunden's Poems," the Society for Pure English offers a comprehensive exploration of the English language. Focused on two distinct areas of study, this volume aims to enlighten readers about the Englishing of French words and the dialectal words found in Edmund Blunden's poetry.

The authors begin by delving into the fascinating process of transforming French words into English equivalents. They discuss the historical context that influenced the assimilation of French vocabulary into the English language and the subsequent need to adapt these words to suit English pronunciation and spelling conventions. By providing numerous examples, the Society for Pure English effectively demonstrates the evolution of French words in English over time.

The second part of the book focuses on the dialectal words employed by poet Edmund Blunden in his works. Through a meticulous analysis of Blunden's poems, the Society for Pure English uncovers a range of regional and dialect-specific vocabulary. The authors examine the origins and meanings of these words, shedding light on Blunden's use of language and the cultural contexts in which his poetry was created.

One of the outstanding aspects of this book is its thorough research and scholarly approach. The Society for Pure English provides extensive references to support their arguments, utilizing linguistic theories and historical documentation to present a well-rounded analysis. This commitment to academic rigor enhances the credibility of the book and ensures its value as a useful resource for linguistic and literary scholars.

Furthermore, the writing style is clear, concise, and accessible, making it equally suitable for readers with varying levels of expertise in linguistics or poetry. The Society for Pure English strikes a balance between providing in-depth analysis and remaining engaging, ensuring that readers are able to grasp the complex concepts without feeling overwhelmed.

As a whole, "Society for Pure English, Tract 05 The Englishing of French Words; the Dialectal Words in Blunden's Poems" is a commendable contribution to the field of English language studies. Its exploration of the Englishing of French words and dialectal words in Blunden's poetry offers valuable insights into the evolution of language and the intricacies of regional vernaculars. This book will undoubtedly appeal to linguists, literary scholars, and anyone with a keen interest in the fascinating world of language and its myriad nuances.

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By Brander Matthews


etc. by Robert Bridges

At the Clarendon Press MDCCCCXXI



The English language is an Inn of Strange Meetings where all sorts and conditions of words are assembled. Some are of the bluest blood and of authentic royal descent; and some are children of the gutter not wise enough to know their own fathers. Some are natives whose ancestors were rooted in the soil since a day whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary; and some are strangers of outlandish origin, coming to us from all the shores of all the Seven Seas either to tarry awhile and then to depart for ever, unwelcome sojourners only, or to settle down at last and found a family soon asserting equality with the oldest inhabitants of the vocabulary. Seafaring terms came to us from Scandinavia and from the Low Countries. Words of warfare on land crossed the channel, in exchange for words of warfare at sea which migrated from England to France. Dead tongues, Greek and Latin, have been revived to replenish our verbal population with the terms needed for the sciences; and Italy has sent us a host of words by the fine arts.

The stream of immigrants from the French language has been for almost a thousand years larger than that from any other tongue; and even to day it shows little sign of lessening... Continue reading book >>

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