Linguistic Borrowing in Bilingual Contexts
Fredric Field | California State University, Northridge
Bernard Comrie | Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
A number of previous approaches to linguistic borrowing and contact phenomena in general have concluded that there are no formal boundaries whatsoever to the kinds of material that can pass from one language into another. At the same time, various hierarchies illustrate that some things are indeed more likely to be borrowed than others. Linguistic Borrowing in Bilingual Contexts addresses both, by examining claims of no absolute limits and synthesizing various hierarchies. It observes that all contact phenomena are systematic, and borrowing is no exception. Regarding forms, the determining factors lie in the nature of the morphological systems in contact and how they relate to one another. Two principles are proposed to determine the nature of the systematicity and interaction: the Principle of System Compatibility (PSC), and its corollary, the Principle of System Incompatibility (PSI). Together, these principles provide a consistent account of the possibilities and limits to borrowing.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 62] 2002. xviii, 252 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Foreword | p. ix
Preface | p. xi
List of figures | p. xv
List of tables | p. xvii
1. Introduction | pp. 1–24
2. Morphological structuring and system compatibility | pp. 25–48
3. Form classes and semantic types | pp. 49–82
4. The identification of form–meaning sets | pp. 83–121
5. Borrowing patterns in modern Mexicano | pp. 123–164
6. Discussion | pp. 165–200
Appendix A: Additional Mexicano text | pp. 201–203
Appendix B: Spanish borrowings in the data | pp. 205–228
References | pp. 229–242
Name index | pp. 243–244
Subject index | pp. 245–252
“In Linguistic Borrowing in Bilingual Contexts, Frederick W. Fields presents in-depth discussions of the results of language contact, such as lexical borrowing, code-switching, language change, attrition, and convergence, providing the basis for an extremely well-informed study of linguistic borrowing. The research presented in this work by Fields is far-reaching, going well beyond the Malinche Mexicano data that he examines. The consideration of relevant issues and background literature in a wide range of language contact areas and the inclusion of sociolinguistic as well as linguistic issues in explaining borrowing and mixed languages make this book a significant contribution to the field of language contact. Its logical organization and clear exposition of its subject matter at every turn make it accessible as well.”
MaryEllen Garcia, The University of Texas at San Antonio, in Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Vol.22(2), 2003.
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