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Globally Speaking Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages Edited by: Judith Rosenhouse, Rotem Kowner

Hardback - 352 pages
22 May 2008
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)

Key features

- explores motives for lexical borrowing from English in 12 different languages - examines whether this English lexical 'invasion' is an inevitable process


The volume examines the motives for lexical borrowing from English during the last century, the processes involved in the penetration of English vocabulary into new environments, and the extent of its integration into twelve languages representing several language families. Many of these absorbing languages are studied here for the first time.


Rosenhouse and Kowner’s book is a welcome addition to the literature on the global impact of English and to the research on lexical borrowing. The case studies are interesting as such, each providing a wealth of information on the status and role of English in their respective language communities in carefully contextualised analyses of the borrowing process.
Reviewed by PAIVI PAHTA in World Englishes, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 151-163, 2011.

Author Biography:

For almost a decade, Prof. Judith Rosenhouse and Prof. Rotem Kowner have led a multi-member research project on the motives for borrowing foreign lexicon, culminating with the publication of this book. Rosenhouse is a noted Israeli linguist specialized in Arabic and Hebrew, who recently retired from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and has joined Swantech Ltd.; Kowner is an Israeli Japanologist who focuses on Japanese attitudes and response to foreign culture, the West in particular, in modern times. Currently he serves as the chair of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Haifa.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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