A lesson for covidiots: About some contact induced borrowing of American English morphological processes into Dutch

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2021

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Adam Mickiewicz University

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This paper discusses morphological borrowing from American-English to Dutch. Three processes of non-morphemic word formation are studied: embellished clipping (Afro from African), libfixing (extracting segments from opaque wordforms such -topia from utopia and -(po)calypse from apocalypse) and blending (stagflation < stagnation + inflation). It will be shown that the borrowing of these processes started with borrowing of English lexical material followed by a process of reinterpretation, which subsequently led to the (re-)introduction of the processes in Dutch. Therefore, the traditional distinction between MAT and PAT borrowing turns out to be inadequate. Instead of a clear-cut difference between lexical and morphological borrowing a borrowing cline will be proposed. The respective ends of this cline are MAT and PAT.

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morphological borrowing, non-morphemic word formation, embellished clipping, libfixing, blending

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Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 56s1 (2021), pp. 659-691.

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Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
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