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ERIC Number: ED418604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 22
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The Expansion and Integration of the Loanwords in the Togo Remnant Languages: An Approach Based on the Akebu Language.
Koffi, Phil Yao
A study suggests that the nature of linguistic borrowing in a group of 14 African languages termed Togo remnant languages--Basila, Lelemie (Buem), Aogba, Adele, Likpe, Santrokofi, Akpafu-Lolobi, Avatime, Nyangbo-Tafi, Bowili, Aklo, Kposo, Kebu, Animere--is similar to that of the Akebu language. Analysis focuses on the origins and itineraries of loan words and their integration into daily linguistic repertoire, based on the example of Akebu and beginning with a look at the various levels of daily life in the speech community where the loan words generally occur. In Akebu, most of the words relate to technical innovations in household activities, agricultural implements, clothing, urban life, employment, rituals, and other social activities, and many of these are from English; loan words concerning local administration and school-related issues are derived from French. Words derived from the Akan speech family and Ewe are also analyzed. Processes occurring in the grammatical integration of loan words into the language are also discussed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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