Salience and Similarity in Loanword Adaptation : a Case Study from Fijian

  title={Salience and Similarity in Loanword Adaptation : a Case Study from Fijian},
  author={Michael Kenstowicz},
  • Michael Kenstowicz
  • Published 2003
The adaptation of a loanword involves the resolution of often conflicting demands to preserve as much information from the source word as possible while still satisfying the constraints that make the lexical item sound like a word of the recipient language. Prince and Smolensky’s (1993) constraint-based Optimality Theory with its key notions of faithfulness and violable constraints is particularly well suited to model this aspect of linguistic competence. In adapting a foreign word the speaker… CONTINUE READING
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