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The influence of German on the lexicon of Palauan and Kosraean

  • German loanwords are found in many languages in the South Pacific, in particular in those areas which were under German administration before WW I. The Austronesian languages in this area differ greatly with respect to the number of lexemes of German origin. The paper focuses on two languages of Micronesia, namely Palauan, with a comparatively high number of German loans, and Kosraean which had no German influence on its lexicon. The paperconsiders the balance of factors that contribute to the different loanword amounts. That German was taught in local schools for up to two decades did not, by itself, enhance borrowing from German. More weighty factors for the amount of borrowings from German are the length and strength of language contact with English and the use of German as a means of communication in particular settings in the years before WW I.

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Author:Stefan EngelbergORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Selected papers from the 2005 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society
Editor:Keith Allen
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2006
Tag:Koloniallinguistik; Kosraean; Palauan; Pidgin; Sprachkontakt; language attitude; language contact; language policy; language teaching; loanword; second language learning
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Englisch; Entlehnung; Lehnwort; Spanisch; Südpazifik
Page Number:20
First Page:1
Last Page:20
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 490 Andere Sprachen
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Deutsche Sprache im Ausland
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Lexikologie / Etymologie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland