Words in English
Linguistics/English 215
Rice University
Prof. S. Kemmer


The first midterm is active Sept. 29, 2005, 3 p.m. to Oct. 4 at 1:00 p.m. This and all quizzes and exams are under the honor code. When taking the exams, write in your pledge under the first exam question.

The midterms are a combination of T/F; multiple choice; fill in the blank; parsing; and possibly matching and short answers.

Terms in square brackets were not focused on and are not on this midterm. Some, like polysemy, may come up later in the course. A few more terms may be added by Thursday from class on Tuesday 9/27.

History of English

Old English (Anglo-Saxon)         Normans
Middle English                    Norman conquest
Early Modern English              Battle of Hastings
Present Day English (PDE)         Edward the Confessor
Celts                             Harold Godwinson
Romans                            William of Normandy (William the Conqueror)
Anglo-Saxons                      Norman French, Normans   
Beowulf                           Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
King Alfred (Alfred the Great)    William Caxton, printing press
Vikings, Danes                    Great English Vowel Shift  
Canute (Cnut)                     King James Bible       
Danelaw, Watling Street           colonialism 
[Ethelred the Unready]            Shakespeare
                                  standardization (of language, of spelling)
			          Noah Webster
Words in English
native                            synonyms             prescriptivism
borrowed                          [polysemy]           standard, nonstandard
nativized, nativization	          homonyms              (said of linguistic
loanword, borrowing               doublets              forms)


morpheme                          back formation
root                              zero-derivation
affix                             blends, blending
prefix                            clipping                                  
suffix                            folk etymology                   
inflection                        reanalysis
derivation                        analogy
compounds, compounding            parse, parsing
acronym                           filler, linker morpheme 

© 2005 Suzanne Kemmer
Last modified 26 Sept 05