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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.28 - Supplement 1 No.1 June 2004.

Original scientific paper

New Concepts and New Words – How Do Languages Cope With the Problem of Neology?

Vesna Muhvić-Dimanovski

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Muhvić-Dimanovski, V. (2004). New Concepts and New Words – How Do Languages Cope With the Problem of Neology?. Collegium antropologicum, 28 - Supplement 1(1), 139-146. Retrieved from

It is a well-known fact that languages react differently when foreign words denoting
new concepts have to be integrated into the native system. The procedure mostly depends
on the degree of purism present in a linguistic community: some languages are rather
open to foreign influences and do not demonstrate any special hostility towards new
words which are easily accepted and adapted to the phonological and morphological
systems of the receiving language. Languages, which have a strong puristic tradition,
usually channel their borrowings into the loan translation field using internal word formation
resources as a means of creating neologisms. Regardless of whether they are
built of native elements or appear as loans, neologisms are necessarily the result of linguistic

neologism; puristic tradition; word formation; linguistic changes

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