CLAS224 Word Elements
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

Spring Semester, 2005

Note: One advantage of a web-based schedule is that it can be adjusted frequently according to class progress. Students are advised to consult this page regularly for changes.

Part I: An Introduction to Words
Jan. 19 Words on words
Jan. 24 Dictionaries: Read Ayers, 16-25 and Etymology.
Electronic Dictionary Entry Analysis (due Jan. 28). Using Electronic Dictionaries; Oxford English Dictionary; Instructions for Using Electronic Dictionaries. PLEASE BRING YOUR DICTIONARY TO CLASS.
Jan. 26 Indo-European and Etymology: Read Ayers, 1-6, and American Heritage Dictionary (AHD), pp. 1598-1603
Jan. 28 History of English: Ayers, 6-14   Important Terms in Ayers Dictionary Entry Analysis Due.
Jan. 31  History of English Cont.: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales / Oxford English Dictionary /  Words of the 20th Century
Feb. 2  Presentation on Dictionaries for Dictionary Surveys (due Feb. 11th) IN HEWES LIBRARY. See A Sampling of Dictionaries / Some Recent Dictionary Acquisitions.

Part II: Word Elements from Latin

Feb. 4 Ayers, 26-34 (definitions, bases) Word Elements and Their Uses / Rules for Definition / BASES / prefixes- / -suffixes
Feb. 7 Ayers, 35-40 (prefixes-, assimilation)  Latin Prepositions / Latin Prefix Chart / Assimilation of Prefixes
Feb. 9 Ayers, 40-46 (abbreviations, acronyms) Abbreviations / Acronymns / Acronymns on Libraryspot.comInternet Emoticons, Smileys and Abbreviations (Latin Loan Words in Ayers and phrases). Also Ayers, 136-142; 196-197: A few of these phrases will be discussed in every class through March 17. They will be part of the first unit exam. Passion in Parentheses
Feb. 11 Ayers, 46-51 (back formations, aphresesis, aphesis);
Ayers, 52-56 (combining bases, Roman numerals) Dictionary Surveys due.
Feb. 14 Ayers, 57-60 (hybrids)
Feb. 16  Ayers, 60-70 (-suffixes, word analysis); Three Morphologically Identical Bases: PAR-
Feb. 18 Ayers, 70-82 (dissimilation, semantic change); Animalia Romana
Feb. 21 Ayers, 82-89 (Specialization and Generalization , functional change); 
Feb. 23 Ayers, 90-98 (degeneration/elevation, abstract/concrete); Degeneration of Meaning / Degeneration and Ethnic Stereotypes. Prospectus for Etymology Project  Due.
Feb. 25 Ayers, 98-101 (weakening, hyperbole, independent twinsIndependent Twins: Definition / Independent Twins: List
Feb. 28  Ayers, 101-106  (changing concepts, diminutives) The Four Humors
March 2 Ayers 106-112 (euphemisms, circumlocutions, jargon) Brand Names vs. Generic Names / Technospeak / Some Nursery Rhymes in Disguise / How College Professors Speak / Christmas Carols the Hard Way
Mid-Course Evaluation Due

Mar. 4 No class.
Mar. 14
Ayers 112-119  (Clipped Words; folk etymology) 
Mar. 15 Fox Classics Lecture 7:30 P.M. in Highlander Room (Attendance Required)
Mar. 16 Ayers, 120-128 (Blends and doublets);  Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"
Mar. 18 Ayers, 128-136 (latinisms, metathesis)
Mar. 21 1st UNIT EXAM See Sample Latin Unit Exam.
Mar. 23 How to do an electronic word search. Class meets in the Trotter Lab. Note: Electronic Word Search Assignment is due on March 30th.

Part III Word Elements from Greek

Note: Some italicized words and phrases on pp. 160-178 and 250-256 will be covered in class daily.
March 25 No class
March 28 No class

Mar. 30 Ayers, 158-160; 180-181; 255-256 (Introduction to Greek; Greek loan words
Electronic Word Search Assignment due.
Apr. 1
 Quiz on Greek alphabet and loan words
Apr. 4 Ayers, 160-163; 178-183 (bases, combining bases, prefixes)  
Apr. 6 Ayers, 160-164; 183-187 ; 196-198 (loan words) French and Spanish loan words 
Apr. 8  QUIZ.

Apr. 11 Ayers, 165-166187-191 (eye rhymes and homonyms); German loan words.
Progress Report on Etymology Project Due

Apr. 13 Ayers, Ayers, 192-196 (reduplication, onomatopoeia
Apr. 15 Quiz. Study elements on pp.198-199 and 202. Work on Etymology Project.
Apr. 18 Ayers, 167-168; 198-201 ; Italian loan words
Apr. 20
Ayers, 170-174; 201-204 (word analysis, tautology) English Loan Words in Other Languages / Borrowed Words
Apr. 22
 Ayers, 174-176;  204-211 (eponymy) Eponymy / Eponymy ID / Brand Names vs. Generic Names
Apr. 25 Ayers, 176-177; 211-215; Surnames / English Personal Names from Greek / English Personal Names from Latin  / Ayers pp. 176-177
Apr. 27 Ayers 250-251;  216-226 An Anthology of -ologies, Some Words Derived from Literature
Apr. 29 Ayers 252-253; 227-240 Sports Terms / Phobias
May 2 Ayers, 240-256; Etymology Project Due.
May 4
May 6 2nd UNIT EXAM See Sample Greek Exam and Greek Monster Match List
May 11 Class Meeting 1 P.M.. Poster Presentations and Course Evaluations.

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