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Academic Paper

Title: English loanword adaptation in Burmese
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Author: Charles B. Chang
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Institution: Boston University
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper provides a descriptive account of the main patterns found in the adaptation of English loanwords in Burmese. First, English segments missing from the Burmese inventory are replaced by native Burmese segments. Second, coda obstruents are represented by laryngealized tones. Third, consonant clusters are resolved through vowel epenthesis or consonant deletion. Finally, various phonotactic gaps native to Burmese, some with rather idiosyncratic distributional properties, are consistently maintained in loanwords via a number of different strategies. The data suggest overall that Burmese phonology heavily constrains the adaptation of English loanwords, and a brief sketch of an Optimality-Theoretic analysis is presented.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: 17th Annual Conference of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
Publication Info: Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, 1, 77-94.
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