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Borrowability of pronouns: evidence from Uralic
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.
2012 (English)In: Finnisch-Ugrische Mitteilungen, ISSN 0341-7816, Vol. 35, 1-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In borrowability hierarchies pronouns usually occupy a relatively low position, i.e. they are assumed not to borrowed very often. This is undoubtedly true, and therefore cases where it does occur may be of some interest with regard to the question what can be borrowed, and under what circumstances. Cases of borrowed non-personal pronouns are comparatively common, but personal pronouns are borrowed relatively rarely. Such instances can usually be divided into a number of categories, and they tend to occur mostly in languages where pronouns are open classes, in neighbouring languages with different clusivity strategies, in languages with avoidance styles, and in closely related languages. In a number of Uralic languages cases of borrowed pronouns are also found, though most of these do not come under any of the abovementioned categories. Borrowed personal pronouns occur in Enets, Komi-Zyryan and Komi-Permyak and in Vote. In these languages, however, the reasons for borrowing such pronouns are different: in Enets and Vote it was probably paradigmatic systematicity, whilst in the Komi cases it is most likely due to identity of various pronominal case forms.

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Hamburg: Buske [= Helmut Buske Verlag], 2012. Vol. 35, 1-34 p.
Keyword [en]
pronouns, borrowing, language contact
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Finno-Ugric Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-321870OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-321870DiVA: diva2:1094998
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