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Polysemy networks in language contact. The borrowing of the Greek-origin Preposition κατά/ⲕⲁⲧⲁ in Coptic
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Grossman, Eitan []
Polis, Stéphane mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de l'antiquité > Egyptologie >]
2017
Greek Influence on Egyptian-Coptic
Dils, Peter
Grossman, Eitan
Richter, Tonio Sebastian
Schenkel, Wolfgang
Widmaier
Lingua Aegyptia Studia Monographica 17
229-262
Yes
Hamburg
Germany
[en] Greek ; Coptic ; polysemy networks ; language contact ; adposition ; borrowing ; semantic maps
[en] This paper explores a particular aspect of the semantics of adposition borrowing, focusing on the extent to which polysemy networks associated with model language adpositions are copied in the target language. We make use of the distinction between comparative concepts and descriptive categories (Haspelmath 2010) to describe the integration of loanwords in a target language, in this case Greek-origin adpositions in Coptic. Taking the Greek-origin adposition κατά (katá) in Coptic as a case study, we show that entire polysemy networks are not borrowed. Rather, only some sections – not necessarily contiguous on a semantic map – of polysemy networks are borrowed. We conclude that this points to the possibility that loanwords are bor- rowed in individual constructions.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/110312

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