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Wanderwörter in languages of the Americas and Australia

Haynie, Hannah; Bowern, Claire; Epps, Patience; Hill, Jane; McConvell, Patrick


Wanderwörter are a problematic set of words in historical linguistics. They usually make up a small proportion of the total vocabulary of individual languages, and only a minority of loanwords. They are, however, found frequently in languages from across the world. There is, to our knowledge, no general synthesis of Wanderwörter patterns, causes of exceptionally high borrowing rates for particular lexical items, or estimates of their frequency across language families. Claims about the causes...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014-11-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Ampersand
DOI: 10.1016/j.amper.2014.10.001


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