By Jan Wohlgemuth

The questions as to why such a lot languages seem to have extra difficulty borrowing verbs than nouns, and as to the prospective mechanisms and paths during which verbs might be borrowed or the stumbling blocks for verb borrowing, were a subject of curiosity because the past due nineteenth century. even if, no actually great typological learn have been undertaken during this box prior to the current study.

The current paintings is the 1st in-depth cross-linguistic research on mortgage verbs and the morphological, syntactic and sociolinguistic elements of mortgage verb lodging. It applies present methodologies on database administration, quantitative research and typological conventions and it's in response to a extensive international pattern of information from over four hundred languages and the typological facts from the World Atlas of Language constructions (WALS).

One significant results of the current research is the falsification, on empirical grounds, of long-standing claims that verbs ordinarily are more challenging to borrow than different elements of speech, or that verbs may perhaps by no means be borrowed as verbs and regularly wanted a re-verbalization within the borrowing language.

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