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Mechanisms of Linguistic Change
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1. Introduction

Language change is a process at work in any language at any time, affecting all parts of its grammatical system. In an immediately perceptible way, the lexicon especially undergoes changes, either by introducing loanwords from other languages or by creating new words from material already existing…

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Reinhard Stempel, “Mechanisms of Linguistic Change”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0209>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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