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Borrowing: Loanwords in the Speech Community and in the Grammar

Shana Poplack


In virtually every bilingual situation empirically studied, borrowed items make up the overwhelming majority of other-language material, but short shrift has been given to this major manifestation of language contact. As a result, scholars have long been divided over whether borrowing is a process distinct from code-switching, leading to long-standing controversy over how best to theorize language mixing strategies. This volume focuses on lexical borrowing as it actually occurs in the discourse of bilingual speakers, building on more than three decades of original research. Based on vast quant ... More

Keywords: lexical borrowing, code-switching, borrowing process, established loanwords, nonce borrowing, loanword integration, bilingual performance data, language-mixing strategies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190256388
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190256388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shana Poplack, author
Distinguished University Professor, University of Ottawa