This ebook is the 1st paintings to handle the query of what forms of phrases get borrowed in a scientific and comparative standpoint. It stories lexical borrowing habit at the foundation of a world-wide pattern of forty languages, either significant languages and minor languages, and either languages with heavy borrowing and languages with little lexical impact from different languages. The e-book is the results of a five-year undertaking bringing jointly a distinct crew of experts of many alternative languages and parts. The introductory chapters offer a common up to date advent to language touch on the observe point, in addition to a presentation of the project's method. the entire chapters are according to samples of 1000-2000 phrases, elicited through a uniform which means record of 1460 meanings. The mixed database, comprising over 70,000 phrases, is released on-line whilst the booklet is released. for every note, information regarding loanword prestige is given within the database, and the forty case stories within the publication describe the social and ancient touch occasions intimately. the ultimate bankruptcy attracts basic conclusions approximately what varieties of phrases are inclined to get borrowed, what forms of observe meanings are rather immune to borrowing, and what types of social touch occasions bring about what types of borrowing occasions.
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