By Jan Wohlgemuth

The current paintings is the 1st in-depth cross-linguistic examine on mortgage verbs and the morphological, syntactic and sociolinguistic elements of mortgage verb lodging, investigating claims that verbs ordinarily are tougher to borrow than different components of speech, or that verbs couldn't be borrowed as verbs and wanted a re-verbalization within the borrowing language.

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Thus, Moravcsik’s pioneering (1975) paper continued to be the departure point for virtually all studies touching upon verb borrowing. In conjunction with Moravcsik (2003), an update of her earlier (1975) statements in the light of the Loanword Typology Project (cf. sec. 3), Moravcsik’s (1975) work also sparked the research on this thesis. On the basis of a rather small sample of languages, primarily Modern Greek [ell], Hungarian [hun], German [deu], and English [eng], Morvacsik argues that borrowed verbs are never borrowed as verbs and that they thus always need to be verbalized again in the recipient languages.

Collecting a large body of data of loan verb examples and loan verb accommodation techniques from a wide range of human languages. 2. Presenting an in-depth cross-linguistic study of the morphological, syntactic and sociolinguistic aspects of loan verb accommodation based on the collected data. 3. Yielding a differentiated picture of the techniques and factors involved in accommodating borrowed verbs in the languages of the world. 4. The description and analysis of the distribution of such accommodation techniques with respect to areal, genealogical and grammatical-typological parameters.

These techniques as well as a few other marginal ones and their various subtypes will be defined, described, and classified in part II. Such a typology, based on the collection and interpretation of a large, representative sample of verbal borrowings, is a necessary prerequisite for a cross-linguistic study of verb borrowing phenomena. 1 Background: The study of borrowing Borrowing and comparative linguistics At least since the 19th century, philologists and linguists systematically studied loanwords and borrowing, mainly in the context of historical-comparative linguistics and the quest to identify language families and to establish their genealogical trees by means of reconstructing ancestral languages by comparing shared vocabularies in their putative descendants.

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