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A History of the Spanish LexiconA Linguistic Perspective$
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Steven N. Dworkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541140.001.0001

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Some final thoughts

Some final thoughts

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(p.230) 12 Some final thoughts
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A History of the Spanish Lexicon
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Steven N. Dworkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541140.003.0012

This chapter offers a summary of this book’s findings with regard to the issues raised in Chapter 1. The Latin/Spanish continuum has been receptive throughout its history to the incorporation of loanwords resulting from oral and written language contact. Any analysis of the impact of loanwords must rest on a base of solid etymologies. A study of cross-linguistic trends observable in loanwords may help evaluate hypotheses that identify a specific lexical item as a loanword. This chapter offers thoughts concerning the grammatical category of loanwords, the rivalry between loanwords and items already present in the language, their diffusion through the speech community, and their subsequent integration, vitality, and survival.

Keywords:   loanwords, etymologies, grammatical category of loanwords, lexical rivalry, lexical diffusion, integration and vitality of loanwords

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