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Title: 新加坡闽南话借词 balu 的特征及来源初步调查 = The Nature and Origin of Singapore Southern Min Loanword Balu: A Preliminary Investigation
Authors: 张铭洲
Keywords: Language Contact, Social Factors, Linguistic Factors, Language Usage Pattern, Prototypical Function, Semantic Change.
Issue Date: 19-Apr-2011
Citation: 张铭洲,TEO MING CHEW (2011-04-19). 新加坡闽南话借词 balu 的特征及来源初步调查 = The Nature and Origin of Singapore Southern Min Loanword Balu: A Preliminary Investigation. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Singapore is a country in which several languages come into contact on a regular basis, researching it?s myriad of language contact phenomenon will provide much insight into current language contact theory. The language pairs researched in this paper are Singaporean Southern Min (recipient language) and Bazaar Malay (donor language), the focus of this paper is the semantic pathway of loanword balu. By comparing balu?s semantic pathway with similar words across different contact situations and different languages, we have been able to gain much insight into the mechanisms of change behind balu. Firstly, by comparing various contact situations, namely, Singapore Southern Min balu with Penang Southern Min balu and Singapore Bazaar Malay baru with Singapore Baba Malay baru, we have come to the conclusion that what ultimately influences the semantic pathway of a particular form is it?s language usage pattern which we consider a linguistic factor. Different social factors inherent in different contact situations do not directly influence a form?s semantic pathway, they do however, affect the language usage pattern of a form and thus indirectly influence internal semantic change. Having said that, the interplay between social and linguistic factors is extermely complex and warrants further research. After conducting cross linguistic comparisons with Mandarin cai and English just, the main points of this research are two inducing factors for semantic change: 1) Presence of critical contexts, 2) Compatibility with current prototypical usage. The presence of these two factors are necessary for internal semantic change to occur, though they might not be sufficient conditions.
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