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Loanwords in the World's Languages: A Comparative Handbook

Loanwords in the World's Languages: A Comparative Handbook (Hardback)

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This landmark publication in comparative linguistics is the first comprehensive work to address the general issue of what kinds of words tend to be borrowed from other languages. The authors have assembled a unique database of over 70,000 words from 40 languages from around the world, 18,000 of which are loanwords. This database ( allows the authors to make empirically founded generalizations about general tendencies of word exchange among languages.

Martin Haspelmath and Uri Tadmor, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

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