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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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Branka Drljača Margić (University of Rijeka): Contemporary English influence on Croatian: a university students’ perspective

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Contemporary English influence on Croatian: a university students’ perspective

Branka Drljača Margić

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In view of the fact that research on the influence of English on Croatian primarily focused on linguists’ attitudes, while the attitudes of the general public have been largely neglected, the present paper deals with the views of a group of Croatian average speakers. A questionnaire-based study was conducted among 244 students of the University of Rijeka. The findings of the study indicate that today’s presence of Anglicisms is predominantly seen as an inevitable and expected phenomenon, but also as a manifestation of linguistic snobbery. The present use of Anglicisms in Croatian is also largely perceived to result from the lack of the popularization of their native equivalents and from the public’s negative attitudes toward exaggerated purist activities in the history of Croatian. The minority of the respondents fear language or identity loss and relate the present use of Anglicisms to the un(der)development of the Croatian language.

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