On Sunday 5th October 11am at Lord Leycester’s Hospital the deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary Philip Durkin will be talking about his book ‘Borrowed Words : A History of Loanwords in English’
How has borrowing from other languages shaped the language we speak today? English stands out among languages around the world today for the number of words it has “borrowed” from other languages. Some borrowings like sushi, vodka, terrine, or poltergeist stand out to us immediately, but many others are so thoroughly embedded in the everyday language that only specialists are aware of their foreign origin (for example, cheese, inch, war, or even they). In fact it would be impossible to communicate effectively in English today without using words that were originally borrowed from other languages. Most of the loans that have become part of everyday English date back to the Middle Ages, and to the impact of Latin-speaking churchmen, Scandinavian settlers, Norman conquerors, and Anglo-French administrators. This talk will look at how and why the English vocabulary was so deeply influenced by these particular sources.
Dr Philip Durkin is Deputy Editor of the OED and has led the dictionary’s team of specialists in etymology for the past fifteen years. His Oxford Guide to Etymology appeared in 2009, exploring all aspects of tracing the origins and development of words, with examples drawn largely from English and other modern languages.‘Borrowed Words’ is his latest book.
This is an event organised by us for Warwick Words. Philip will take questions after his talk and will be signing copies of the book afterwards. If you wish to purchase a copy of the book beforehand, please do call in to the Warwick or Kenilworth shops or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org