A Dictionary of European Anglicisms
A Usage Dictionary of Anglicisms in Sixteen European Languages
Edited by Manfred Gorlach
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Dictionary of European Anglicisms by Manfred Gorlach
Book DescriptionA 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 the inflow 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 a word'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 by information 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 Europe accompany 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 linguistic variation and change. It will fascinate linguists and word-watchers of all persuasions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199283064
(246mm x 171mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Manfred Gorlach
English in Europe, Paperback (February 2004)
Presents the report by 16 European scholars on the English words and phrases that have become integral parts of their languages. This book describes the effect of English on the different host languages, and shows how the process of incorporation often modifies pronunciation and spelling and frequently transforms meaning and use.
Annotated Bibliography of European Anglicisms, Hardback (May 2002)
This is a bibliography of all significant work charting the importation of English into European languages. The book is divided by language, with each entry accompanied by a critical description of its contents. This will be an indispensible research machine for scholars and others interested in this fascinating aspect of recent linguistic change.
Dictionary of European Anglicisms, Hardback (September 2001)
The influence of English on other languages has been noticed (and often criticized) by individual speech communities before, and indeed documented in various national dictionaries of Anglicisms, but this volume provides a comparative treatment of this widespread and contemporary phenomenon.
English in Nineteenth-Century England, Hardback (November 1999)» View all books by Manfred Gorlach
This book surveys the features of nineteenth-century English and provides over 100 sample texts and numerous exercises.
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Author Biography - Manfred Gorlach
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 Introduction to Early Modern English (CUP, revised edition 1991).
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