Loan Verbs in Maltese: A Descriptive and Comparative Study

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BRILL, 1995 - Foreign Language Study - 339 pages
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Severed from its parent language and from the other vernaculars, as well as from the Islamic culture and religion, the peripheral Arabic dialect of Malta has for the last nine centuries been exposed to large-scale contact with Medieval Sicilian, Italian and, later, English. Modern Maltese thus incorporates a great mass of borrowed words.
This volume is a description of the processes by which Romance and English loan verbs have been integrated to varying degrees into the Arabic structure of Maltese morphology. It also proposes a typological classification of borrowed verbs in a continuum ranging from fully-integrated types to practically 'undigested' loans.
The contact situation described here is of special interest both to Arabists and to scholars with an interest in language contact phenomena, especially in view of the basic incongruence between the languages involved, the long period of contact, and the small area in which it occurred.
  

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Contents

The background
20
Full integration to Semitic Maltese sound verbs
49
Full integration to Semitic Maltese weakfinal
80
Undigested Romance stems with a weakfinal
140
The integration of undigested English stems
213
Conclusions and findings
252
Inflexional paradigms
262
Corpora
272
The historical development of weakfinal verbs
296
Bibliography
319
Index
326
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Manwel Mifsud, Ph.D. (1992) in Maltese, lectures in Maltese historical linguistics at the University of Malta. He has published several papers presented at international congresses on themes including Arabic dialectology, language contact and language planning.

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