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Remade in FranceAnglicisms in the Lexicon and Morphology of French$
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Valérie Saugera

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190625542

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625542.001.0001

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From English to French

From English to French

The Making of New Words

(p.33) 3 From English to French
Remade in France

Valérie Saugera

Oxford University Press

The chapter presents a brief history of the contact of French with English, from 18th-century Anglomania to the global English of the turn of the 21st century, in order to contextualize the singularity of the latest contact period. It then chronicles the changes that commonly occur as donor words become new French words. These changes, illustrated with many borrowed items from the period of virtual contact (1990–2015), can be classified as grammatical shift, semantic shift, stylistic shift, and connotative shift. Beyond demonstrating that an English etymon masks heterogeneous types of French Anglicisms, an up-to-date typology shows how English morphemes are used in novel word-formation devices, such as serial bilingual compounds. The borrowing of phrases plays a marginal yet innovative role in French, including emphasis and punning, and raises the issue of typologies for borrowed/neological phrases.

Keywords:   history of the French lexicon, neologism, global English, semantic change, lexicogenic process, typology of borrowing, borrowed phraseology, code-switch, style and Anglicism, connotation, linguistic humor

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