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Borrowing of Inflectional Morphemes in Language Contact


Francesco Gardani

This book is about the borrowing of inflectional morphemes in language contact settings. This phenomenon has at all times seemed to be the most poorly documented aspect of linguistic borrowing. Contact-induced morphological change is not rare in word formation, but exceptional in inflection. This study presents a deductive catalogue of factors conditioning the probability of transfer of inflectional morphology from one language to another and adduces empirical data drawn from Australian languages, Anatolian Greek, the Balkans, Maltese, Welsh, and Arabic. By reference to the most advanced theories of morphology, a thorough analysis of the case studies is provided as well as a definition of inflectional borrowing according to which inflectional borrowing must be distinguished from mere quotation of foreign forms and is acknowledged only when inflectional morphemes are attached to native words of the receiving language.


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Borrowing of Inflectional Morphemes in Language Contact European University Studies Europäische Hochschulschriften Publications Universitaires Europeennes Series XXI Linguistics Reihe XXI Sörie XXI Linguistik Linguistique Vol./Bd. 320 PETER LANG Frankfurt am Main • Berlin • Bern • Bruxelles • New York • Oxford • Wien Francesco Gardani Borrowing of Inflectional Morphemes in Language Contact PETER LANG Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at . The printing of this book was recommended by Prof. Wolfgang U. Dressier, University of Vienna. ISSN 0721-3352 ISBN 978-3-631-56519-3 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2008 All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and lieble to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. Printed in Germany 1 2 3 4 5 7 To Stefan — thank you

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