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Empirical Methods in Language Studies

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Edited By Krzysztof Kosecki and Janusz Badio

«Empirical Methods in Language Studies» presents 22 papers employing a broad range of empirical methods in the analysis of various aspects of language and communication. The individual texts offer contributions to the description of conceptual strategies, syntax, semantics, non-verbal communication, language learning, discourse, and literature.
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Iconic effects in loanword adaptation

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Abstract: The way a loanword accommodates to the recipient language is often guided by a tendency to maintain harmony between its form and its meaning. The tendency can be seen as an example of iconicity in natural languages. Drawing on examples from an ongoing research project, this paper presents a typology of iconic effects that appear in the process of loanword adaptation. A variety of methods used in the project will be shown, ranging from corpus queries to psycholinguistic experiments.

Keywords: iconicity, lexical borrowings, loanword adaptation, synonymy, word perception.

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