Although linguistic borrowing is a regular and frequent word-forming mechanism found in languages worldwide, it can spark different reactions among speakers – from acceptance to rejection, or even to the need to propose new forms. Research on the phenomenon raises some questions, such as: (i) Why does borrowing occur? (ii) Are there languages that use this strategy more or less often than others? (iii) How can we analyze such mechanisms from theoretical approaches such as the phonology of borrowing? (iv) How does a language learner deal with borrowed words? These issues will be addressed at this conference, in particular by discussing the case of Papiamentu, a Portuguese / Spanish-based Creole language spoken in Curaçao.
Date: 19 September 2019