CONTENTS CHAPTER 1. An Approach to the Origins of the English Language Socio-Historical Background to the Birth of English English as an Indo-European Language 1.2.1. Influences at Work 188.8.131.52 The Celtic Influence 184.108.40.206 The Influence of Latin 220.127.116.11 The Influence of the Danes 18.104.22.168. The Linguistic Influence of the Norman Conquest 1.2.2 Borrowings from Other Languages 1.3 Periods in the Evolution of the English Language CHAPTER 2. The Importance of Etymology in Onomastic Studies 2.1 Defining Etymology. Etymological dictionaries 2.2 Onomastics- The Study of Names] 2.3 How Personal Names Came into Being 2.4 Systems of Naming Different from the European Ones 2.5 Patterns of Naming in the Old Indo-European Languages 2.5.1 Family Names CHAPTER 3.. The English Naming System . Sources 3.1 Names in Old English and Middle English 3.1.1 Frequency of Names 3.2 Sources of English Personal Names 3.2.1 Names Adopted form Hebrew 3.2.2 Names Adopted form Germanic Languages 3.2.3 Names Adopted from Greek 3.2.4 Names Adopted from Latin 3.2.5 Names Preserved from Old English and Middle English 3.2.6 Names Adopted from Gaelic 3.2.7 Names Adopted from Welsh 3.2.8 Names Adopted from Celtic 3.2.9 Names Adopted from French 3.2.10 Names of Different Origins CHAPTER 4. Word Formation Processes within the English Naming System Minor Word Formation Processes Contraction Major Word Formation Processes Affixation Composition Other Formal Means of Creating Names – Changes in Spelling APPENDIX REFERENCES pagini 79
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vocabulary or to their own restricted knowledge of it , or merely responding to a natural impulse to use a familiar word , the upper classes introduced a huge number of common French words. They transferred much of the vocabulary used in government and administration , ecclesiastical , legal, military terms, words related to social life and hierarchy , fashion , art , learning , medicine and food. According to the Oxford English Dictionary " the total number of French words adopted during the Middle English period was slightly over ten thousand " of which " about 75 per cent are still in current use" ( Baugh & Cable, 1984, p.178 ). Between 1500 and 1700 Latin was again an important source of borrowing but afterwards French took again the lead as a consequence of the close relations among the two countries. 1.2.2. Borrowings from other languages Middle English received a number of loans from Dutch , Flemish and Low German mostly due to the commercial relations England had with the
dopting them , probably because of their prejudice against Jews" ( Kolatch, 1979, p.325 ). Widely spread were names associated with mythological culture and pagan cults . People began to use biblical names after the 10th century but one century later they were still scarce as most of the names encountered were either Celtic or Anglo-Saxon . Up to the 16th century the most popular names were of Teutonic , Celtic and Slavic origin. Beginning with the period of the Reformation scriptural names were adopted at a large scale, due to the reaction against Papacy and church dogmatism. In the 16th and 17th century Puritan England manifested a burst of enthusiasm towards Old Testament names. Abstract virtues were turned into personal names by the more sober Puritans , some of which are still in use today : Hope , Humility, Charity, Perseverance. The French Revolution brought about the loss of interest for biblical names and an increased interest in names of famous Greek and Roman heroes. The t