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A Study of English Nautical Loanwords in the Russian Language of the Eighteenth Century


Sarah Whittall

This study is intended to give as full a survey as possible of 18th century Russian nautical and shipbuilding terms which were borrowed from English. The origins of the words are discussed and the date of each word's first attestation in Russian is given. Phonetic features and peculiarities of the loanwords are described, with special reference to possible English dialectal influence. A statistical analysis is given of the semantic aspect of the borrowings, which throws some light on the nature and extent of British influence on the nascent Russian shipbuilding industry.
Contents: The historical background - Vocabulary - Phonetics - Possible Influence of English dialectal pronunciation - Morphology - Semantic classification.