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Multilingualism and structural borrowing in Arbanasi Albanian

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Title: Multilingualism and structural borrowing in Arbanasi Albanian
Authors: Jana Willer-Gold
Tena Gnjatović
Daniela Katunar
Ranko Matasović
Issue Date: Feb 2016
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Willer-Gold, Jana, Tena Gnjatović, Daniela Katunar, and Ranko Matasović . 2016. Multilingualism and structural borrowing in Arbanasi Albanian. In Vera Ferreira and Peter Bouda (eds.). Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe. 103-114. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication
Abstract: In this paper we present a brief overview of the history of linguistic contacts of Arbanasi Albanian, a Gheg Albanian dialect spoken in Croatia, with Croatian and Italian. Then we discuss a number of contact-induced changes in that language. We show that Arbanasi Albanian was subject to strong influences from Croatian (and, to a lesser extent, from Italian) on all levels of linguistic structure. Using the data from our own fieldwork, we were able to show that there were also influences on the level of syntax, including the borrowing of certain constructions, such as analytic causative and imperative constructions, as well as the extension of the use of infinitive in subordinate clauses.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
ISBN: 978-0-9856211-5-5
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 9: Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe

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