A Dictionary Of European Anglicisms: A Usage Dictionary of Anglicisms in Sixteen European Languages

Paperback | June 16, 2005

EditorManfred Gorlach

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A Dictionary of European Anglicisms documents the spread of English in Europe. It provides the first exhaustive and up-to-date account of British and American English words that have been imported into the main languages of Europe.English, which imported thousands of words from French and Latin (mainly after 1066), is now by far the world's biggest lexical exporter, and the trade is growing as English continues to dominate various fields ranging from pop music to electronic communication. Several countries have monitored theinflow of anglicisms and some have tried to block it. But language, as lexicographers have always found and as this book demonstrates once more, respects neither boundary nor law. The dictionary not only shows which words have been exported where, but how the process of importation can change aword's form and function, sometimes subtly, at others remarkably as in the transformation of painkiller to Bulgarian 'jack of all trades'. The book provides a systematic description of the lexical input of English into Icelandic, Norwegian, Dutch, German, Russian, Polish, Croatian, Bulgarian, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Finnish, Hungarian, Albanian, and Greek. Each entry has a brief definition of the loan word, followed byinformation on its history and distribution; variations in its spelling, meaning, and pronunciation; its route of transmission if not direct from English; its degree of acceptance and usage restrictions; and its native equivalents and derivatives. Grids showing distribution patterns across Europeaccompany many of the entries. The Dictionary of European Anglicisms is a scholarly tour de force [French: imported early nineteenth century] and the result of a prodigious research effort across Europe masterminded and directed by Manfred Gorlach. It is a unique resource for comparative analysis and the study of linguisticvariation and change. It will fascinate linguists and word-watchers of all persuasions.

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A Dictionary of European Anglicisms documents the spread of English in Europe. It provides the first exhaustive and up-to-date account of British and American English words that have been imported into the main languages of Europe.English, which imported thousands of words from French and Latin (mainly after 1066), is now by far the wo...

Manfred Gorlach was Professor of English and Chair of Linguistics and Medieval Studies at the University of Cologne until his retirement in 2003. His many books include English in Nineteenth-Century England : An Introduction (CUP, 1999); More Englishes: New Studies in Varieties of English 1988-1994 (John Benjamins, 1995); and Introduc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.87 inPublished:June 16, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199283060

ISBN - 13:9780199283064

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IntroductionAims and RestrictionsData CollectionThe Compilation of the EntriesUsing this DictionaryA Dictionary of European Anglicisms

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