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Scandinavian loanwords in English
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0511-4624
1993 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Approximately 400 words (1.3 2.0 %) of an educated English speakers vocabulary are of Scandinavian origin. A majority of these Scandinavian loanwords are of quite insignificant nature, i.e. they deal with common, everyday matters. Due to this fact, the origin of the loanwords was obscure for a long time. In order to reach an understanding of the Scandinavian loanwords, it is essential to understand the history of the Vikings. In addition to a brief presentation of Viking history and the Vikings influence on the English language, this papers includes two small investigations. The first shows that words of Scandinavian origin are particularly frequent among English sk-words. The second investigation is on Scandinavian loanwords in a current American newspaper article. It shows that 5.2 % of the words used are Scandinavian. The seemingly too high percentage is explained, and the paper suggests that Scandinavian loans make up about 5 % of everyday English

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1993.
Keyword [en]
Scandinavian loanwords, etymology, Vikings, vocabulary
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Languages and Literature
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English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-23226OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-23226DiVA: diva2:596981
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Distrubution: Kontakta Pia Sundqvist

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