Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference
Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe
Sylwester Jaworski (University of Szczecin): Contact-induced changes in Polish morphology
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Contact-induced changes in Polish morphology
One of the many consequences of globalisation is the adoption of English as the world’s major lingua franca. Predictably, it has an impact on many languages of the world as they have started borrowing English words en masse, frequently replacing native vocabulary items with foreign ones. In the case of Polish, exposure to English seems to have given rise to certain innovations at the level of morphology. The present paper is concerned with several word-formation processes, e.g. clipping, blending, that were hardly ever applied in the past, but are becoming increasingly common in contemporary Polish, particularly in the language of adolescents. It is argued in the paper that the introduction of English into the Polish school system has facilitated the process as students taught in a formal setting are told explicitly why and how certain morphological modifications take place, and that later they use that knowledge to modify the structure of many native words.