Lexicography of Language Contact: An Internet Dictionary of Words of German Origin in Tok Pisin

By November 23, 2016,
Page578-583
AuthorStefan Engelberg, Christine Möhrs
TitleLexicography of Language Contact: An Internet Dictionary of Words of German Origin in Tok Pisin
AbstractThe paper presents an ongoing project in the domain of lexicography of language contact, namely, the “Internet Dictionary of Words of German Origin in Tok Pisin”. The German influence onto the lexicon of the main pidgin language of Papua New Guinea has its roots in the German colonial empire, where Tok Pisin played an important role as a lingua franca in the colony of German New Guinea. Tok Pisin also served as an intermediate language for many borrowing processes; that is, German loans entered many languages in the South Pacific via Tok Pisin. The Internet Dictionary of Words of German Origin in Tok Pisin is based on all available lexicographical sources from the early 20th century up to now. These sources are systematically evaluated within our project; the results will be documented in the dictionary. The microstructure of the dictionary will be presented with respect to its major features: documentation of sources, examples for word usage, audio files, and lexicographic comments.
SessionHistorical and Scholarly Lexicography and Etymology
Keywordslanguage contact; borrowing; dictionary of language contact; electronic lexicography
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX2016-063,
author={Stefan Engelberg, Christine Möhrs},
title={Lexicography of Language Contact: An Internet Dictionary of Words of German Origin in Tok Pisin},
pages={578-583},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 17th EURALEX International Congress},
year={2016},
month={sep},
date={6-10},
address={Tbilisi, Georgia},
editor={Tinatin Margalitadze, George Meladze},
publisher={Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi University Press},
isbn={978-9941-13-542-2},
}
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