The aims of the class are twofold. First, we will seek to improve and increase English vocabulary through a study of the Latin and Greek elements in English, with emphasis on words in current literary and scientific use. The Latin and Greek elements learned in this course will help you better understand how many English words have evolved, and prepare you to continue expanding your English vocabulary well after the class is over. Second, we will examine the ever-changing relationship between language and ideas in order to better understand the continuing impact of classical Greece and Rome on modern culture. This course aims to give you a sense of the words, ideas, and stories that we have adopted from the ancient Greeks and Romans, and to help you identify classical influence when you encounter it.
- William J. Dominik, Words and Ideas (Bolchazy Carducci)
Recommended Reference Texts:
- Any reputable English dictionary with etymological entries, such as The American Heritage Dictionary (3rd ed.), or Webster’s New World Dictionary.
- The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is also available free online: go to http://lib.washington.edu/ and log in → “Start Your Research” → “Articles & Research Databases” → click “Oxford Dictionaries.”