Folk Etymology (In English and Elsewhere)

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Folk etymology is too complex a phenomenon to be dismissed as a mere source of mistakes based on ignorance. The present paper reflects the opinions of a Romanian linguist (and Anglicist) on irregular phonetic-semantic shifts produced by inter-language borrowing, or by intra-language passage from one period to another.


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By Dr. Adrian Poruciuc
Professor of Linguistics
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iași, Romania

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Volume 16 (1991)

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A History of the English Language / Albert C. Baugh and Thomas Cable

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