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Lexical borrowing from English into Danish in the sciences: an empirical investigation of 'domain loss'

Hultgren, Anna Kristina (2013). Lexical borrowing from English into Danish in the sciences: an empirical investigation of 'domain loss'. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 23(2) pp. 166–182.

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Abstract

The emergence of English as an international language of science has generated prolific debates in the Nordic countries about ‘domain loss’, here defined as the national Nordic languages failing to develop adequate scientific terminology. This paper sheds some much needed empirical light on domain loss by examining the language practices of 10 scientists delivering undergraduate courses in chemistry, physics and computer science at the University of Copenhagen. Focusing on lexical borrowing from English into Danish, it is found that there is considerable variation within the scientific domain, with the sub-domain computer science exhibiting significantly more lexical borrowing than physics and chemistry. The paper discusses the findings in relation to the concept of domain loss, and offers some alternative reasons for the concern that has been expressed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN: 1473-4192
Keywords: lexical borrowing; English as a language of science; Danish; domain loss; spoken language
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > English Language & Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Language & Literacies
Item ID: 36537
Depositing User: Anna Kristina Hultgren
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2013 13:13
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2018 08:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36537
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