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English Loanwords
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1. English loanwords in Arabic

Borrowing is a natural product of language contact between two communities using different languages. It happens in situations of colonization or when one language fills lexical gaps with words available in another language. It may also take place for reasons of prestige and may appear in the form of calques. The degree of borrowing depends on the inten…

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Ahmad Atawneh, “English Loanwords”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0006>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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