Italian is among the top 25 of English’s most borrowed-from languages


Italian is among the top 25 of English’s most borrowed-from languages – SIMONA VERRAZZO

COVER Borrowed words

Englishization: more and more we heard this word that explains how languages are becoming too much ‘English addicted’. But it isn’t the truth: now a book shows how much English took and still now takes words from other languages.

Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English (Oxford Press University £35.00) – This is the title and the author is Philip Durkin, deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.We discover that Italian is among the top 25 of English’s most borrowed-from languages and its presence is growing throughout latest 50 years. In his blog Philip Durkin explains about this point: “In Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English I examine how words borrowed from different languages have influenced English throughout its history …. If you switch to the “cumulative” view, then you can see how the totalnumber of loanwords from each language has built up over time. Here the shifts from one 50-year period to another are rather less dramatic, but the long-term shifts are still very striking. You can see, for instance, how German, Spanish, and Italian all slowly come to greater prominence”.

The top 25 of English’s most borrowed-from languages

Latin only

French only

Greek

French and/or Latin

German

Italian

Spanish

Dutch

Early Scandinavian

Japanese

Arabic

Portuguese

Sanskrit

Russian

Maori

Hindi

Hebrew

Persian

Malay

Urdu

Irish

Afrikaans post-1875

Yiddish

Chinese

Middle Low German

This is the link of Philip Durkin’s blog http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/03/borrowed-
words/

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