LINGUIST List 15.740

Mon Mar 1 2004

Qs: Word Origin Proportions; Kannada Loanwords

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  1. Lisa Hayes, Word proportions
  2. Diane Abraham, Kannada Loanword Phonology

Message 1: Word proportions

Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 14:47:26 -0500 (EST)
From: Lisa Hayes <>
Subject: Word proportions

I am looking for published studies with estimates of the proportions
of Latinate, Germanic, and 'other' type words in English, Spanish, and
German. Additionally, I would like to find published studies with the
estimates of the proportions of cognates across the three
languages. Does anyone know if these studies exist and where I can
find them? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Language-Family: Germanic;Latin Subgroup; Code: IEF 
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Message 2: Kannada Loanword Phonology

Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 13:03:04 -0500 (EST)
From: Diane Abraham <>
Subject: Kannada Loanword Phonology

I am a graduate student currently looking into the process of
nativization of loanwords from English into Kanada. I have yet to
find any research done specifically on the gemination of final
obtruents that is found in such loanwords. (For example: Engish 'kit'
> Kannada [kittu]. The process is similar to the one which occurs in
English loawords borrowed into Japanese. Does anyone know what the
current explanation of this gemination is, or what resources might be
availble with regards to the phonology/phonetics of Kannada. So far I
have only encountered one book on the Kannada language written by
S.N. Sridhar.

Any information would be of great help.
Thank you - Diane Abraham 

Subject-Language: Golari-kannada;Nonstandard Kannada;Southern
Kannada;Kannada;Alu Kurumba Nonstandard Kannada;Jennu Kurumba
Nonstandard Kannada; Code: QKA
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