Over 60 percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots; in the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, it's over 90 percent. Thus, studying the Greek and Latin roots of English is essential to understanding English vocabulary and how the history of the English language has shaped our perceptions of the world around us. Now in its third edition, The Greek & Latin Roots of English is one of the foremost resources for students of etymology across many academic disciplines.
The third edition retains the tried-and-true approach of previous editions, with even more resources for students. New exercises have been added to the end of each chapter, and many lessons are revised, updated, and expanded.
Author Tamara M. Green opens with an introduction to basic principles of Latin and Greek. Green then organizes the remaining chapters thematically--students will find chapters on the Greek and Latin roots of words in biology and medicine, science and mathematics, politics and government, literature, and religion and philosophy. Unlike texts which treat Greek and Latin roots separately, this book treats them as an organic whole. This unique, focused approach makes The Greek & Latin Roots of English as valuable to a medical student studying terminology as it is to a student of language and the classics.