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Language Contact Around the Globe

Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference

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Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe

The fifth volume in the series Language Competence and Language Awareness in Europe unites a collection of peer-reviewed papers delivered at the Third Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization (LCTG3) at the University of Greifswald in 2011. The papers are arranged in five thematic sections: Part I studies lexical and grammatical borrowing and pseudo-loans. Part II looks at code-switching and language intertwining in different contexts, while Part III is concerned with the power, political backup and use of different languages in multilingual settings. This is followed by Part IV which comprises three articles on the Linguistic Landscapes of different urban areas. Finally, Part V focuses on language choices in literature and institutional settings.
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Sylwester Jaworski (University of Szczecin): Contact-induced changes in Polish morphology

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Contact-induced changes in Polish morphology

Sylwester Jaworski

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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.

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