Obsolete Scandinavian Loanwords in English

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Foreign Language Study - 262 pages
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So far, no comprehensive study of the obsolescence of Scandinavian loanwords in English has ever been published. This book remedies that situation, and presents an analysis of the causes of obsolescence of Scandinavian loanwords in English since the 15th century. The study has mainly been based on the Oxford English Dictionary and the Middle English Dictionary. Over 300 loanwords have been selected, grouped into semantic fields and analysed. To account for their disappearance, reasons such as the rivalry of synonyms, the exclusive use in local dialects, the disappearance of the referent as well as rare occurrence or phonological changes were investigated.
 

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Contents

List of abbreviations
13
Introduction
19
Theoretical preliminaries
33
Loanwords before 1500
49
Loanwords after 1500
141
Conclusions
229
Appendix
249
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Magdalena Bator, born in 1980, received her Ph.D. from Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan (Poland) in 2008. Currently she is lecturer at the School of English at the Academy of Management (Spoleczna Wyzsza Szkola Przedsiebiorczosci i Zarzadzania) in Warsaw (Poland). Her research interests focus on various aspects of English historical linguistics, in particular historical lexicology.

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