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Title: Borrowing of Inflectional Morphemes in Language Contact
Written By: Francesco Gardani

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 Rabic. 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 languages.

Contents: contact-induced language change, contact induced morphological
change, problems and predictions, case studies, analysis, definition of
inflectional borrowing

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783631565193
Pages: 110
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