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Andersen, Gisle. 2014. Pragmatic borrowing. Journal of Pragmatics 67 : 17–33.
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Although the main focus of concern is the impact of English on Norwegian pragmatics, the study elaborates pragmatic borrowing in more general terms considering former research on other language pairs. It presens a functional taxonomy that comprises the direct and indirect borrowing of interjections, discourse markers, expletives, vocatives, general extenders, tags, focus constructions, intonation and paralinguistic phenomena. The study elucidates how pragmatic functions are cross-linguistically conveyed, via concepts like functional stability, adaptation, narrowing, broadening and shift. It also explains the level to which fixed phrases and collostructions are borrowed, concentrating in particular on English-based expletives, interjections and discourse markers that have newly appeared in Norwegian.