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LINGUIST List 23.4896

Sat Nov 24 2012

Books: What Borrowing Buys Us: Dong

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Nov-2012
From: Mariƫtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: What Borrowing Buys Us: Dong
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Title: What Borrowing Buys Us
Subtitle: A Study of Mandarin Chinese Loanword Phonology
Series Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Xiaoli Dong

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930874 Pages: Price: Europe EURO


The two key questions recurring in the literature on loanword studies are: are
there any general patterns of loanword adaptation, and if so, which forces
drive the process(es) that result in these patterns. This dissertation
readdresses these two questions on the basis of a study of loanword phonology
in which Mandarin Chinese (MC) is the recipient language (RL) and English the
source language (SL). It argues that factors that have not received much
attention in the field have to be taken into consideration. They are input
types and adapter types. In this dissertation, the roles of the two factors
are put to the test. By investigating both loanword corpus data and extensive
experimental results, this dissertation presents an analysis of MC loanword
phonology that can account for the intricate adaptation patterns attested in a
corpus of loanwords borrowed from English into MC. It moreover shows that,
depending on input and/or adapter types, loanword adaptation is driven by one
or more of the following grammars: the native RL phonological production
grammar, the native RL perception grammar, the RL/SL interlanguage
phonological production grammar and the RL/SL interlanguage perception
grammar. This dissertation will be of interest to all those working on
loanword adaptation, Mandarin Chinese phonology, perception and production in
second language acquisition and the role of orthography in linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography
Second Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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