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Title: Language Contact and the Lexicon in the History of Cypriot Greek
Written By: Stavroula Varella
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&VID=10526
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics Vol. 7
Description:

Cypriot is unique among the Modern Greek dialects in possessing such a
variegated vocabulary - testimony, indeed, to the chequered history of the
island. This book presents a thorough investigation of the foreign
component of the Cypriot lexis. It traces, firstly, the relevant
socio-cultural factors that gave rise to it. It presents, secondly, a
detailed account of how words from sources as diverse as Romance, Arabic,
Turkish and English became fully nativised and indistinguishable from the
native stock. A fresh case study of language contact and lexical borrowing,
it addresses such issues as the extent of lexical borrowing, the types of
vocabulary borrowed, the relationship between the social integration and
the structural adaptation of loans, and the degree and predictability of
the phonological, morphological and even semantic modification affecting
foreign words.

Contents:

Cultural/linguistic contacts in Cyprus and lexical borrowing
Loanwords: systematic correspondences and etymology
Loanword phonology and morphology
Cultural borrowing and semantic adoption
Semantic shifts in a cross-linguistic context.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Greek, Modern
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3039105264
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 283
Prices: U.K. £ 33
U.S. $ 56.95
Europe EURO 47.10