The French input

D. Gary Miller

in External Influences on English

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654260
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742064 | DOI:
The French input

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French influence on English was largely lexical, but because of the high volume of loanwords the effect on English morphology was extensive. This chapter outlines the historical context in which thousands of words were transferred, the two main dialects from which they came, the death of French in England as seen in records of the London Grocers’ Company, and the suffixes that became productive in Middle and Early Modern English.

Keywords: loanwords; English morphology; dialects; French; London Grocers' Company; suffixes

Chapter.  19365 words. 

Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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