232 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9187-2
Published: January 1978
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Walter Geiger’s exhaustively researched volume takes a diverse phytonymic lexicon (including trees, fruits, vegetables, flowers, grasses, grains, and plant parts) from its process of derivation in Latin through the nominalization of adjectival systems and semantic classifications to demonstrate the trends of retention, functional diversification, and extinction of derivational patterns through language development.