English borrowings in Czech: health to our mouths?

Source document: Brno studies in English. 2009, vol. 35, iss. 2, pp. [199]-213
Extent
[199]-213
  • ISSN
    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
Type: Article
Language
English
Czech
License: Not specified license
Abstract(s)
This paper is based on the assumption that linguistic borrowings, accompanying the processes of globalisation and the socially stratified plurality of the world, are multifaceted in nature, and find their way of manifestation at various levels of language representation (phonic, graphic, grammatical, lexical, textual...). While English loanwords (anglicisms) have been studied from various interdisciplinary perspectives, grammatical patterns mirroring the donor language preferences, or borrowings of discourse markers and other signals of communicatively regulative strategies (including formulaic phrases), have still remained at the periphery of researchers' priorities. The aim of this paper is to advocate the contribution of these less-emergent types of borrowings to the overall processes of a contact-induced language choice and/or a contact-induced language change, in which the principle of multicausation (Thomason and Kaufman 1988) has a relevant say.
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