CLAS224 Word Elements
Department of Classics
Fall Semester, 2003
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schedule is that it can be adjusted frequently according to class progress.
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Part I: An Introduction to Words
Aug. 27 Words on words: Lederer, vii-xiii
Aug. 29 1st DIAGNOSTIC EXAM
Sept. 1 Dictionaries: Read
Electronic Dictionary Entry Analysis
(due Sept. 10). Using Electronic
Instructions for Using Electronic
Dictionaries. PLEASE BRING YOUR DICTIONARY TO
Sept. 3 How to Use Electronic Dictionaries (See Sept.
We will do the Exercise on pg. 24-25 in Ayers in class.
Etymology: Read Ayers, 1-6,
and American Heritage Dictionary (AHD), pp. 1598-1603.
What is Etymology?
Important Terms in Ayers
Sept. 5 History of English:
Ayers, 6-14 ("Power of English " video)
Terms in Ayers
Sept. 8 History of English
Canterbury Tales /
Words of the 20th Century
Sept. 10 Presentation on Dictionaries for Dictionary
Surveys (due Sept. 19) IN HEWES LIBRARY. See A
Sampling of Dictionaries /
Part II: Word Elements from Latin
Sept. 12 Ayers, 26-34 (definitions, bases) Word Elements and Their
Bases / Rules for
Also Ayers, 136-142 (Latin
Loan Words in Ayers and
phrases). Read Editor's Preface to World
Dictionary and Ayers, 196-197. A few of these phrases will be discussed
in every class and will be part of
the first unit exam.
What Is the Plural
Dictionary Entry Analysis Due.
Sept. 15 Ayers, 35-40 (prefixes, assimilation) Lederer, 1 (grammagram, homophone,
Prefixes / Latin
Prepositions / Latin
Prefix Chart / Assimilation
of Prefixes / Important
Terms in Lederer's Word Circus
Sept. 17 Ayers, 40-46 (abbreviations, acronyms) Lederer, 2 (anagram, aptagram, antigram)
/ Acronymns on
Libraryspot.com / Internet
Emoticons, Smileys and Abbreviations
Sept. 19 Ayers, 46-51 (back formations, aphresesis, aphesis); Lederer, 6 (beheadments,
Ayers, 52-56 (combining bases, Roman numerals) Dictionary
Surveys due. Lederer, 3 (palindrome, semordnilap)
Sept. 26 Ayers, 57-65 (hybrids,
Sept. 29 Ayers, 65-75 (word analysis
and dissimilation); Three
Morphologically Identical Bases: PAR-
Oct. 1 Ayers, 75-86 (semantic change,
specialization/generation); Lederer, 5 (charade words) Animalia
Romana / Specialization
Oct. 3 Ayers, 86-94 (functional change,
degeneration/elevation); Lederer, 7
Degeneration of Meaning / Degeneration
and Ethnic Stereotypes
Oct. 6 Ayers, 94-101 (abstract/concrete,
independent twins); Lederer, 8
(acrobat words, spoonerisms) .
Definition / Independent
Oct. 8 Ayers, 101-106 (changing
concepts, diminutives) Prospectus
for Etymology Project (Due
Oct. 10 No Class but study elements in Ayers pp.
Oct. 13 Ayers 106-112 (euphemisms, circumlocutions,
Brand Names vs. Generic Names / Technospeak / Some Nursery Rhymes
in Disguise / How
College Professors Speak /
Christmas Carols the
Oct. 15 Ayers 102-124
(folk etymology, clips and
Words / Blends /
"Jabberwocky" (Lederer, 9 abstemious
words, mirror words, pangram, pyramid word, isogram)
(doublets); (Lederer, 10 acrostic, lipogram
amd Lederer, 11 logology, looper). Mid-Course Evaluation Due
Oct. 20 No Class (Fall Break)
Oct. 22 Ayers, 128-136 (latinisms, metathesis)
Oct. 24 1st UNIT EXAM See Sample
Latin Unit Exam.
Oct. 27 How to do an electronic word search.
Class meets in the Trotter Lab. Note:
Electronic Word Search Assignment
is due on March 31st.
Oct. 29 No class (Advising Day)
Part III Word Elements from Greek
Note: Some italicized words and phrases on pp. 160-178 and 250-256 will be covered in
Oct. 31 Ayers, 158-160; 180-181; 255-256 (Introduction to Greek; Greek loan
Nov. 3 Ayers, 160-163; 178-183
(bases). Quiz on Greek alphabet and loan words
Nov. 5 Ayers, 160-164; 183-187
(combining bases, prefixes). Quiz on October Words for
Nov. 7 Ayers, 165-166;
187-191 (homonyms, eye rhymes); 196-198 (loan words).
loan words Electronic
Word Search Assignment
Nov. 10 Ayers, 167-169; 192-196
onomatopoeia, word analysis) German
Nov. 12 Ayers, 170-178; 198-204 (word analysis, tautology); Italian
Nov. 14 Ayers, 250-251; 204-211 Eponymy
ID / Brand
Names vs. Generic Names
Nov. 17 Ayers, 252-253; 211-220; Surnames
Personal Names from Greek / English
Personal Names from Latin / English
Loan Words in Other Languages
Nov. 19 Ayers, 220-226 An
Anthology of -ologies,
Some Words Derived from Literature
Nov. 21 No class. Take-home packet on World Dictionary (due
Nov. 24 Ayers 227-231 Phobias
World Dictionary packet due. Progress Report
on Etymology Project (optional) Due
Nov. 26 Ayers 231-240 Sports
Dec. 1 Ayers, 240-256; Etymology Project Due.
Dec. 3 2nd
Dec. 5 2nd UNIT EXAM
See Sample Greek Exam
and Format of Second Unit
Dec. 11 Class Meeting 8 A.M.
Poster Presentations and Course Evaluations.
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