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Books: What Borrowing Buys Us: Dong

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Date: 20-Nov-2012
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Subject: What Borrowing Buys Us: Dong
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Title: What Borrowing Buys UsSubtitle: A Study of Mandarin Chinese Loanword PhonologySeries Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: 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: arethere any general patterns of loanword adaptation, and if so, which forcesdrive the process(es) that result in these patterns. This dissertationreaddresses these two questions on the basis of a study of loanword phonologyin which Mandarin Chinese (MC) is the recipient language (RL) and English thesource language (SL). It argues that factors that have not received muchattention in the field have to be taken into consideration. They are inputtypes and adapter types. In this dissertation, the roles of the two factorsare put to the test. By investigating both loanword corpus data and extensiveexperimental results, this dissertation presents an analysis of MC loanwordphonology that can account for the intricate adaptation patterns attested in acorpus of loanwords borrowed from English into MC. It moreover shows that,depending on input and/or adapter types, loanword adaptation is driven by oneor more of the following grammars: the native RL phonological productiongrammar, the native RL perception grammar, the RL/SL interlanguagephonological production grammar and the RL/SL interlanguage perceptiongrammar. This dissertation will be of interest to all those working onloanword adaptation, Mandarin Chinese phonology, perception and production insecond language acquisition and the role of orthography in linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography Phonology Second Language Acquisition

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

Written In: English (eng)

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