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date: 25 February 2020

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This chapter provides an overview of the borrowing of inflection. It is organized around two axes. On the one hand, it tackles the main question the process that allows for inflections to be taken over into about another language. This focuses on the dichotomy between isolated transfer of inflections, and transfer of inflections concomitant with other borrowing, for example as a side-effect of lexical borrowing. The second axis concerns the effect of the inflectional borrowing on the language: do the transferred elements introduce new categories—an addition to the old system—or are they parallel to or a substitution of pre-existing morphology?

Keywords: borrowing, inflection, diachrony, contact, morphology

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