English Words Abroad

Manfred Görlach † | University of Cologne
ISBN 9789027223319 (Eur) | EUR 70.00
ISBN 9781588114358 (USA) | USD 105.00
ISBN 9789027275226 | EUR 70.00 | USD 105.00
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English Words Abroad summarizes the methods developed for the innovative multilingual Dictionary of European Anglicisms (Görlach 2001, OUP) which combines data on English loanwords in sixteen European languages (four each for Germanic, Slavic, Romance and others). This summary allows us to quantify for the first time the extent of the lexical impact of loanwords on individual languages and cultures. The author discusses the elicitation of data from informants with a high linguistic awareness; criteria for inclusion; problems of integration on graphemic, phonological, morphological and semantic/stylistic levels; and speakers’ reactions (purism, language, legislation). He then explores the possibilities of applying these methods to dictionaries of gallicisms and germanisms. The book includes a survey of the most recent dictionaries of anglicisms in European languages.
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“The book is generally well produced, and a pleasure to read: the wealth of detail invites the reader to dip in and out and gives many leads for complementary investigation. It has many tables and graphics to exemplify and illustrate the text.”
“The work stands out as monumental. Few indeed are the scholars capable of packing so much informative and instructive material into text comprising less than 200 pages. It is worth investment by, to quote Ossulton again, 'all those interested in the processes of language contact'.”
“Clearly illustrated with grids and graphs and substantiated with rich footnotes, this facinating, multicultural study provides both tools for research and invaluable advice in the elicitation and reading of data. It will undoubtedly appeal to linguists and students alike, as well as to those simply interested in languages.”
“[...] I warmly recommend it to readers who are already familiar with the DEA and its companion volumes, as well as to everyone who is interested in (multilingual) lexicography, contact linguistics, and the impact of English on European languages.”
“The book makes for highly stimulating reading and casts new light on lexicography and language contact research. It provides a fascinating insight into the challenging development of the most innovative multilingual dictionary and is therefore highly recommendable not only to lexicographers, but likewise to those interested in recent linguistic trends. The reader-friendly style makes it a pleasure to read. It is well written, easily accessible and proof reading turned out to be almost perfect. Görlach uses many authentic examples, grids and tables which no doubt facilitate processing the abundance of interesting data. On the whole, I can warmly recommend English Words Abroad. Those already familiar with the DEA should not miss this excellent compilation.”
“EWA is of interest to lexicographers working with language, variation, such as loans, creoles, dialects, neologisms, and so on.”
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