I have been trying to find an accessible book for the general reader that focuses particularly on questions like:
- How words are created? (morphology, etymology, popular PIE roots etc.)
- How words change their meaning? (semantic changes that happen over time - broadening, narrowing, metaphorical usage etc.)
Does anyone know of a book that fits this description (that focuses more on the meaning-and-usage area of words than the formal systems involved)? I feel like this is an interesting area even for general readers and there must be some books that elucidate on this but I wasn't able to find many popular reads.
There are popular books like 'The Language Instinct' that touches generally on many aspects of languages but I wasn't able to find any that focuses on just words. Is there a go-to book that linguists suggests for beginners in this space?
This question is the closest I could find for my requirement: What books to read about lexical semantics?