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Article: On loanword truncation in Cantonese

TitleOn loanword truncation in Cantonese
Authors
KeywordsCantonese
Loanword Phonology
Noun-Verb Asymmetry
Truncation
Word Length
Issue Date2008
PublisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0925-8558
Citation
Journal Of East Asian Linguistics, 2008, v. 17 n. 4, p. 347-362 How to Cite?
AbstractIn spite of a powerful preference for bisyllabicity identified in previous research on loanword truncation in Cantonese, more new forms are increasingly found which have been truncated down to a monosyllable. An examination of a 1,400-word corpus of Cantonese loanwords collected over a span of 50 years reveals a significant increase in the number of loan verbs and adjectives in more recent times, as opposed to the almost exclusive adoption of nouns previously. Verbs, as opposed to nouns, are found to be much more prone to undergoing "monosyllabic truncation." This is found to stem from an asymmetry between nouns and verbs in the native language. A preference for monosyllabicity, particularly in the case of verbs and adjectives, is confirmed via a study of a Cantonese translation of the Swadesh word list. A further investigation of a corpus of everyday conversations uncovers lexical statistics that may have been mirrored in the truncation process. Finally, the greater readiness for the importation of verbs in more recent times is explained in terms of Haugen's "stages of bilingualism." © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/156023
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.52
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.537
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dc.contributor.authorLau, CMen_US
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dc.date.available2012-08-08T08:39:50Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of East Asian Linguistics, 2008, v. 17 n. 4, p. 347-362en_US
dc.identifier.issn0925-8558en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/156023-
dc.description.abstractIn spite of a powerful preference for bisyllabicity identified in previous research on loanword truncation in Cantonese, more new forms are increasingly found which have been truncated down to a monosyllable. An examination of a 1,400-word corpus of Cantonese loanwords collected over a span of 50 years reveals a significant increase in the number of loan verbs and adjectives in more recent times, as opposed to the almost exclusive adoption of nouns previously. Verbs, as opposed to nouns, are found to be much more prone to undergoing "monosyllabic truncation." This is found to stem from an asymmetry between nouns and verbs in the native language. A preference for monosyllabicity, particularly in the case of verbs and adjectives, is confirmed via a study of a Cantonese translation of the Swadesh word list. A further investigation of a corpus of everyday conversations uncovers lexical statistics that may have been mirrored in the truncation process. Finally, the greater readiness for the importation of verbs in more recent times is explained in terms of Haugen's "stages of bilingualism." © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag Dordrecht. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0925-8558en_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of East Asian Linguisticsen_US
dc.subjectCantoneseen_US
dc.subjectLoanword Phonologyen_US
dc.subjectNoun-Verb Asymmetryen_US
dc.subjectTruncationen_US
dc.subjectWord Lengthen_US
dc.titleOn loanword truncation in Cantoneseen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.volume17en_US
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