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English Vocabulary Elements

Second Edition

Keith Denning, Brett Kessler, and William R. Leben

Publication Date - February 2007

ISBN: 9780195168037

436 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $29.95

A unique approach to English vocabulary


This unique text draws on the tools of modern linguistics to help the student acquire an effective understanding of learned, specialized, and scientific vocabulary. English Vocabulary Elements (EVE) helps develop familiarity with over 350 Latin and Greek word elements in English, and shows how these roots are the building blocks within thousands of different words. Along the way the authors introduce and illustrate many of the fundamental concepts of linguistics. Offering a thorough approach to the expansion of vocabulary, EVE is an invaluable resource that provides students a deeper understanding of the language. This book will be useful to upper level high school students, undergraduates in English, Linguistics, and Classics departments, ESL students, and anyone interested in building vocabulary skills.

This edition is refined and thoroughly updated. It includes updated cultural references, and the authors have revised and improved the pedagogy based on classroom experience. In particular they account for variations in pronunciation among students; clarify when historical details are important or peripheral; and improve the many examples and exercises that form the core of the book.


  • Full revision of a popular textbook
  • Much-needed revision of a successful textbook
  • A unique approach to a learned, specialized, and scientific English vocabulary

Table of Contents

    1. The Wealth of English
    2. History of English and Sources of English Vocabulary
    3. Morphology: Analyzing Complete Works
    4. Allomorphy
    5. Phonetics
    6. Regular Allomorphy: Numeric Elements
    7. Polysemy and Semantic Change
    8. Usage and Variation
    9. Latin and Greek Morphology
    10. Prehistory of English and the Other Indo-European Languages
    11. Later Changes from Latin to French to English
    Appendix I: Elements to Glosses
    Appendix II: Glosses to Elements
    Further Reading and Research Tools