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Spanish Borrowings in American Slang and Their Semantic Fields

  • Małgorzata KowalczykEmail author
  • Maciej Widawski
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Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Abstract

This introductory presentation explores the main semantic fields of Spanish borrowings used in contemporary American slang, a growing part of informal English lexicon used in the United States. Semantic fields are a serviceable tool in lexical studies, providing an insight into what members of a given community regard as socially and culturally important; they are especially telling in case of slang borrowings. This presentation explores such fields based on quantitative analysis of expressions extracted from a sizable database of citations from various sources such as press, television, film, literature, and conversations with native speakers, collected during field trips to the United States.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pomeranian UniversitySłupskPoland
  2. 2.Kazimierz Wielki UniversityBydgoszczPoland

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