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Full Title: The Interaction between Borrowing and Word Formation

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Start Date: 10-Sep-2017 - 13-Sep-2017
Contact: Renáta Panocová
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Meeting Description: The Interaction between Borrowing and Word Formation

Workshop convenors: Pius ten Hacken & Renáta Panocová

When new concepts need to be named two of the most prominent naming procedures are borrowing and word formation. This has been the case throughout the history of languages. However, the study of borrowing has been largely incorporated into etymology whereas word formation has been studied in the context of morphology.

In the study of etymology, the history of words has been traced through the identification of cognates in related languages for which relevant historical connections are plausible. In modern contexts, for which language contacts have been documented more systematically, borrowing is especially prominent in technical and scientific vocabulary.

In the field of morphology, derivation and compounding have been studied in terms of word formation rules. Work in morphology often tends to maximize the scope of word formation rules, to the point that a word formation analysis is proposed for a word that could also be analysed as a borrowing.

In this workshop we want to focus on cases for which borrowing and word formation analyses are both relevant. This can be as competing analyses or as collaboration. Competition is exemplified by English ''dependence''. This can be analysed as a borrowing from French or as a formation based on ''depend''. Collaboration is exemplified by neoclassical word formation in English. ''Morphology'' was not borrowed from Ancient Greek, but the components arose by reanalysis of borrowings from Ancient Greek.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Lexicography; Morphology
LL Issue: 27.3495

This is a session of the following meeting:
50th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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