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Specializations => Historical Linguistics => Topic started by: mplola on November 23, 2014, 01:07:24 AM

Title: Lexical Borrowing: Loanwords from English to Greek
Post by: mplola on November 23, 2014, 01:07:24 AM
I'm doing my dissertation (undergraduated) and have difficulties in research. Specifically, I can't find articles with research. I found only at the opposite direction (Greek-->English). I 'm faced with bibliography in historical linguistics such as Aitchison, Language Change: Progress or Decay?, or Campbell Historical Linguistics. Any ideas in research?
Title: Re: Lexical Borrowing: Loanwords from English to Greek
Post by: Daniel on November 23, 2014, 11:54:55 AM
You will find a lot the other direction, and there has been more research done on that.
But I'm sure you can find some sources for En>Gr.

This comes up with a couple articles that might be relevant:
https://www.google.com/search?q="english+to+greek"+borrowing
You could search those bibliographies for more information.

I do think you'll have to do some of this research yourself, though. Look at specific semantic fields like technology, medicine, popular culture, politics, etc., and see which words are borrowed. You can figure that out pretty easily, but you will have spend a little time on each word. You should also consider using a corpus if you can find one to look at frequency.

Another interesting approach would be to do a survey and ask people that you know whether they are aware of using English words and, if so, which ones.
Title: Re: Lexical Borrowing: Loanwords from English to Greek
Post by: mplola on December 10, 2014, 10:00:28 AM
I've already done my own research... I have a corpus of 200 words from all the fields you mentioned! Little time on each word?  :D Euphemism! But... I've got all the time in the world.
I should thank you earlier... but I just saw your reply.
... about the survey, you're probably right, I'm gonna think about it. Yes, a questionaire... peoples ability to recognise loan from non-loan words, to provide synonyms in Greek, the attitude towards the people who use loanwords, why they use them, should they replace them... aaaa! brainstorming and wording... you gave me a great idea! thank you very very much again!