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Latin Loans in Old English and Finnish Loans in Modern English: Can We Distinguish Statistics from Myth?


Timofeeva, Olga (2013). Latin Loans in Old English and Finnish Loans in Modern English: Can We Distinguish Statistics from Myth? In: McConchie, R W; Juvonen, Teo; Kaunisto, Mark; Nevala, Minna; Tyrkkö, Jukka. Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX 3). Somerville, MA, USA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 166-176.

Abstract

This article claims that there are major problems with existing classifications of Latin loanwords into Old English. These deficiencies spring not so much from the paucity of the Old English linguistic record, as a comparison with several much better documented Finnish loans into Modern English shows, but rather from methodological imprecision, which results in many lexical items being too hastily labelled with the umbrella term "lexical loan". Alternative terms are suggested for the twelve Finnish and six Old English words investigated in the article, based on their frequency, integration, the registers that they belong to, and the historical and cultural developments that they document.

This article claims that there are major problems with existing classifications of Latin loanwords into Old English. These deficiencies spring not so much from the paucity of the Old English linguistic record, as a comparison with several much better documented Finnish loans into Modern English shows, but rather from methodological imprecision, which results in many lexical items being too hastily labelled with the umbrella term "lexical loan". Alternative terms are suggested for the twelve Finnish and six Old English words investigated in the article, based on their frequency, integration, the registers that they belong to, and the historical and cultural developments that they document.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:26 Mar 2013 13:20
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:43
Publisher:Cascadilla Proceedings Project
ISBN:978-1-57473-455-3
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.lingref.com/cpp/hel-lex/2012/paper2845.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.lingref.com/cpp/hel-lex/2012/index.html (Publisher)

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