Author Topic: Is English Romance?  (Read 2778 times)

Offline Gordon410

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Re: Is English Romance?
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2016, 05:11:59 PM »
No. It does not mean adopt like adopting a child. It simply means use.

Are not loanwords adopted words from foreign languages?

Offline Daniel

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Re: Is English Romance?
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2016, 05:33:32 PM »
Of course. But that is a different usage from the family sense.

Regardless, if a French baby is adopted by German parents, the family is still a German family, while the baby is genetically French. The same applies to genetic classification of languages: adopting/borrowing words does not change the genetic classification even though the etymology of the words is non-native.
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Offline Gordon410

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Re: Is English Romance?
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2016, 04:14:41 AM »
adopting/borrowing words does not change the genetic classification even though the etymology of the words is non-native.

Why not?

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Re: Is English Romance?
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2016, 09:28:39 AM »
Grouping languages into families is based on grammatical similarities. Why is vocabulary, word etymology, adstratum, etc. not included with language classification?

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