Phonological and sociolinguistic factors in the integration of /l/ in Turkish in borrowings from Arabic and Swedish
2010 (English)In: Turkic languages, ISSN 1431-4983, Vol. 14, no 2, 153-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article investigates the phonological integration of the front coda /l/ after a back vowel in the final rime of words borrowed from Arabic and Swedish into Turkish. This original donor structure is interesting because it in conflict with the core rules of Turkish phonology. Several sub-disciplines of linguistics have dealt with the role of different phonological and sociolinguistic factors in the phonological integration of lexical borrowings but there is no consensus on their respective weights in borrowing and on how their interaction is to be conceptualised. The Arabic data in the study are based on historical loanwords while the Swedish data have been obtained through an experiment. The focus of the article is the choice between adoption and adaptation as integration strategies and how different factors interact in producing the attested integration patterns. The results show that adoption is predominantly preferred to adaptation in both cases due to the dominant status of the donor languages in the contexts of borrowing. Hence, it is argued that sociolinguistic factors play the main role in these two particular cases.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010. Vol. 14, no 2, 153-191 p.
phonology, sociolinguistics, loanwords, Arabic, Turkish, Swedish, language contact
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject Bilingualism
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68459OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-68459DiVA: diva2:472375