Week 12: Etymology

This week, we’ll be learning about etymology, the field of linguistics dedicated to exploring the origins of words. Please read chapter 26 in David Crystal’s book, which introduces etymology and how it works, and the article, “Does it Come from Beefsteak Tomatoes?,” which shows you how etymologists work on tackling tricky questions about word origins. Both can be found on the Readings & Videos page.

After you’ve done both readings, please respond to the Week 12 discussion board thread.

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