History in English Words

By: BARFIELD, OWEN, AUDEN (INTRO), W.H.

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Only a genius of the most eccentric and extraordinary kind could successfully write a Book like this, which while investigting the etymological roots of well over a thousands words at the same time traces the history of human self-consciousness from classical to modern times. The paradox that emerges is worth considerable reflection: while modern science may have removed man from the center of the universe, the modern sensibility has become increasingly self-centered. To quote the author: ''In our language alone, not to speak of its many companions, the past history of humanity is spread out in an imperishable map, just as the history of the mineral earth lies embedded in the layers of its outer crust... Language has preserved for us the inner, living history of our soul. It reveals the evolution of consciousness.'' 240 pp.


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For more than three-quarters of a century, Owen Barfield produced original and thought-provoking works that made him a legendary cult figure. History in English Words is his classic excursion into history through the English language. This popular book provides a brief, brilliant history of the various peoples who have spoken the Indo-European tongues. It is illustrated throughout by current English words whose derivation from other languages, and whose history in use and changes of meaning, record and unlock the larger history. "In our language alone, not to speak of its many companions, the past history of humanity is spread out in an imperishable map, just as the history of the mineral earth lies embedded in the layers of its outer crust.... Language has preserved for us the inner, living history of our soul. It reveals the evolution of consciousness" -Owen Barfield

Title:: History in English Words

Author:: BARFIELD, OWEN, AUDEN (INTRO), W.H.

Categories: C. S. Lewis and Friends,

Edition:: 2

Publisher: Lindisfarne Books: March 2002

ISBN Number:: 0940262118

ISBN Number: 13: 9780940262119

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 183488

Keywords: language words history etymology owen barfield etymological roots