Essays in Honor of Sandy Petrey
Edited By Robert Harvey and Patrice Nganang
10. A Note on English Loan Words in American Italian and Standard Italian
In the 19th and 20th centuries, American Italian (AI) and Standard Italian (SI) borrowed massive numbers of English words, and changed them in unique ways. When we compare the loan word adaptation strategies of these two languages, we see striking differences. For example, AI introduces geminate consonants and final vowels, while SI does not.
It is interesting that Old Italian (OI) utilizes the same two adaptation strategies as AI when dealing with loan words: Frankish *snel > snello ‘thin.’
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