Iconic effects in loanword adaptation
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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