Lexical borrowings and calques in Ugandan English

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The chapter highlights cases of lexical borrowings and calques observable inUgandan English. Both basic lexical items and nonbasic items have been borrowedand calqued from indigenous Ugandan (especially Bantu) languages, inorder to not only provide basic lexical items, but also to provide extra communicativeeffects. Given that Ugandan English draws most of its borrowingsand calques from indigenous Ugandan languages, as opposed to other EastAfrican varieties of English (i.e. Kenyan English and Tanzanian English), whichare influenced mainly by Kiswahili (cf. Schmied 2004), this study augments thediscourse on the argument that Ugandan English is a variety of English distinctfrom Kenyan or Tanzanian English.


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