Quotation Gardani, Francesco. 2008. Borrowing of Inflectional Morphemes in Language Contact. (ix, 110 pp.). Frankfurt: Peter Lang.




This book is about the borrowing of inflectional morphemes in language contact settings. This phenomenon has at all times seemed to be the most poorly documented aspect of linguistic borrowing. Contact-induced morphological change is not rare in word formation, but exceptional in inflection. This study presents a deductive catalogue of factors conditioning the probability of transfer of inflectional morphology from one language to another and adduces empirical data drawn from Australian languages, Anatolian Greek, the Balkans, Maltese, Welsh, and Arabic. By reference to the most advanced theories of morphology, a thorough analysis of the case studies is provided as well as a definition of inflectional borrowing according to which inflectional borrowing must be distinguished from mere quotation of foreign forms and is acknowledged only when inflectional morphemes are attached to native words of the receiving language.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Book (monograph)
Language English
Title Borrowing of Inflectional Morphemes in Language Contact. (ix, 110 pp.)
Location Frankfurt
Publisher Peter Lang
Year 2008
URL http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=56519&vLang=D&vHR=1&vUR=2&vUUR=5
ISBN 978-3-631-56519-3


Gardani, Francesco (Former researcher)
Institute for Romance Languages IN (Details)
Department of Foreign Language Business Communication DP (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6602 General language studies (Details)
6611 Linguistics (Details)
6618 Language studies (also: comparative -) (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
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