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Two Loanwords Meet: When fuck met fokk in Icelandic
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2017 (English)In: RASK: Internationalt tidsskrift for sprog og kommunikation, ISSN 0909-8976, Vol. 46, 121-157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Icelandic phonotactics and phonology require the short vowels /ʌ/ and /ə/ in English loanwords be represented by the phoneme /oe/. The words fuck and fucking, which began appearing in Icelandic around 1970, are however nearly always pronounced and spelt differently from what is expected, i.e. with the vowel [ɔ] and spelt ‘fokk’, ‘fokking’. The reason is that there already existed in Icelandic a couple of older loanwords, probably from Danish, which to some extent both in terms of semantics and pronunciation already occupied the position that the new loanwords were expected to take in the language. This article discusses the meaning of the older loanwords, their use and semantic development, and compares them to the newer words, with examples taken to show what happens when the new loanwords met the old ones.

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Odense, 2017. Vol. 46, 121-157 p.
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Loanwords, Icelandic, swearwords
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332815OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-332815DiVA: diva2:1154226
Available from: 2017-11-01 Created: 2017-11-01 Last updated: 2017-11-02Bibliographically approved

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