Image of Japan among Slovenes

Borrowed Words of Japanese Origin in Slovene




loanwords, Slovene, Japanese, borrowing, derivation, number and gender


This paper presents the process and mechanism of borrowing from Japanese into Slovene.  Japan and Slovenia are geographically and culturally quite distant, and the two languages are genealogically not related. Between such two languages, not many borrowings are expected, but there is a certain amount of borrowed words of Japanese origin in today's Slovene. The focus of this paper is on the words of Japanese origin that are well integrated in today’s Slovene. Firstly, the process of borrowing is analysed: there are three main phases for successful borrowing from Japanese into Slovene, but during the process, some obstacles may hinder the completion of this process, so that further creative use of some borrowed words in the Slovene environment cannot be expected. The second part of this paper will closely look at the loanwords of Japanese origin which are already recorded as headwords in today’s dictionaries of Slovene. The loanwords are analysed in relation to the borrowing process and adjustments, their semantic fields, and wherever possible, their diachronic changes in use, and other specifics. At the end, the image of Japan seen through the borrowing process and consolidated loanwords is summarized, and possible development of borrowing in the near future is predicted.



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30. 01. 2019



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SHIGEMORI BUČAR, C. (2019). Image of Japan among Slovenes: Borrowed Words of Japanese Origin in Slovene. Acta Linguistica Asiatica, 9(1), 75-88.