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