A Typology of Verbal Borrowings (Trends in Linguistics. by Jan Wohlgemuth

By Jan Wohlgemuth

The questions as to why so much languages seem to have extra difficulty borrowing verbs than nouns, and as to the prospective mechanisms and paths through which verbs might be borrowed or the stumbling blocks for verb borrowing, were a subject matter of curiosity because the overdue nineteenth century. even if, no actually big typological study were undertaken during this box sooner than the current study.

The current paintings is the 1st in-depth cross-linguistic learn on mortgage verbs and the morphological, syntactic and sociolinguistic features of mortgage verb lodging. It applies present methodologies on database administration, quantitative research and typological conventions and it's in line with a vast international pattern of information from over four hundred languages and the typological information from the World Atlas of Language buildings (WALS).

One significant results of the current learn is the falsification, on empirical grounds, of long-standing claims that verbs more often than not are more challenging to borrow than different elements of speech, or that verbs may well by no means be borrowed as verbs and constantly wanted a re-verbalization within the borrowing language.

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