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Academic Paper


Title: The Development of the Czech Lexicon with Special Reference to Loan-words & the Post-1989 Situation
Author: Nicholas Miller
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Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Linguistic Field: Lexicography
Subject Language: Czech
Abstract: The paper considers the lexical enrichment of the Czech language with special emphasis on loan-words and the period following the 1989 Velvet Revolution./L//L/Part 1 considers the history of the language from its known beginnings until the present day, emphasizing the influence of historical events on the Czech lexicon./L//L/Part 2 considers why native lexica are influenced from without and the forms of this lexical enrichment./L//L/Part 3 looks at the origins of loan-words, considering the relationship between various semantic spheres and particular foreign language influences. It also considers the role of various languages in the development of the Czech lexicon. The specific languages discussed are German, English, French, Slovak And Russian./L//L/Part 4 concentrates on loan-words, examining their integration into the Czech lexicon. Considered are phonological, orthographic and morphological adaptations in relation to foreign nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs./L//L/Part 5 considers the period following the Velvet Revolution, looking at the particular linguistic situation of this period and investigating the lexical changes occurring as a result./L//L/Part 6 is an empirical study of 10 contemporary loan-words, considering recognition, usage and opinion of these words among Czechs, as well as gender assignation and declension, and synonymy with the words themselves.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
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