Loanwords in the World's Languages: A Comparative Handbook
Martin Haspelmath, Uri Tadmor
Mouton De Gruyter, Dec 22, 2009 - Electronic books - 1081 pages
This landmark publication in comparative linguistics is the first comprehensive work to address the general issue of what kinds of words tend to be borrowed from other languages. The authors have assembled a unique database of over 70,000 words from 40 languages from around the world, 18,000 of which are loanwords. This database (http: //loanwords.info) allows the authors to make empirically founded generalizations about general tendencies of word exchange among languages
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