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Les termes génériques géographiques d’origine espagnole empruntés par l’anglo-américain

  • Author / Creator
    Diez Gonzalez, Maria Estrella
  • This thesis builds on previous research on geographic generic terms borrowed by the English language in Canada and the United States. It aims to fill a gap in the knowledge about the number of Spanish generic terms borrowed by English in the United States of America and the areas where these generic terms appear in American toponymy. In order to carry out this research, I examined the nature of linguistic borrowings in geography and established a method to identify true borrowings from Spanish. To build a corpus of borrowings, I successively sorted the geographic terms and determined criteria that would allow the best control over the possible biases that might compromise a rigorous search for the relevant generic terms. Due to the vastness of the geographical area studied and the impracticality of conducting historical research that would allow the testing of each toponym through time, my study has been limited to the recognition of generic terms borrowed from Spanish in contemporary toponymy from a synchronic perspective. This groundbreaking research has led to the identification of genuine borrowings. My results highlight a geographic pattern of borrowing and demonstrate that synchronic research allows a limited but obvious identification of true linguistic borrowings in toponymy, particularly in the area of generic terms.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2021
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-r1pc-qb40
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.