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Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics

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Linguistic Integration Of Computer And Internet Related Anglicisms In Spanish Language Web Pages

Regina Morin
Published Online: 2015-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2014-1170

Abstract

The rise of the Internet has fueled a rapid borrowing of English-language computer and Internet related lexical resources into Spanish, at the same time that it has provided an unprecedented opportunity to observe the results of this virtual language contact. The traditional stages of adaptation and integration are occurring simultaneously rather than sequentially. Many borrowings reflect early stage orthography, flagging, metalinguistic clarification, and non-typical phonology, accompanied by a full range of late stage morphological exploitation. Computer and Internet related loanwords serve as bases for the full range of word formation processes in Spanish, including inflection, prefixation, emotive and non-emotive suffixation, acronymy, clipping, and composition and blending. However, while many borrowed bases are available for the creation of loanblends of all types, the number of native morphemes with which the bases combine is actually quite reduced, representing a very small handful out of all the derivational suffixes in the Spanish language.

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Published Online: 2015-03-20

Published in Print: 2014-09-01


Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 327–368, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2014-1170.

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