Calques
(804 words)

Abstract

‘Calque’ or ‘loan translation’ is a compound, derivative, or phrase that is introduced into a language through translation of the constituents of a term in another language. Some calques are called ‘semantic loans’, where a word already existing in the borrowing language acquires a new meaning under the influence of another language.

‘Calque’ or ‘ loan translation’ is a compound, derivative, or phrase that is introduced into a language through translation of the constituents of a term in another language, e.g. French grate-cie…

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Georgios Papanastassiou, “Calques”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 18 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000423>
First published online: 2013



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