IT-Related Anglicisms in Die Welt and Der Spiegel: A Quantitative Distribution of Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives

Agnieszka Czech-Rogoyska 1  and Magdalena Krawiec 2
  • 1 University of Rzeszów and University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów
  • 2 University of Rzeszów

Abstract

The main aim of the study is to quantitatively scrutinize the borrowability of IT-related English words in Die Welt and Der Spiegel, as far as the proportion of nouns, verbs, and adjectives is concerned. The purpose of this study is to establish the most and the least frequently borrowed parts of speech and arrive at certain general tendencies governing the transfer of the most popular word class within the field of IT. The study covers an excerpt from authors’ research on IT-related anglicisms carried out in 2016, and may serve as a basis for further investigation, since the development of ICT will always necessitate new names for concepts. Therefore, it is by all means prudent and instructive to delve into the rationale behind the way anglicisms permeate into the German language. The study also constitutes a synchronic look at a given stage of the evolution of the German language.

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