Linguistic innovation

  • Jenny CHESHIRE (London, UK)
    Language contact and language change in the multicultural metropolis
    2013, Vol. XVIII-2, pp. 63-76

    London, like many other large cities in Europe, is now home to immigrants from many different countries. In some areas of greater Londont immigrant families now outnumber the white British families that have been living in the area for many generations. As a result the English spoken in these areas has changed rapidly, with many innovations that we argue are due to the indirect effect of multiple language contact. We discuss some of innovations in terms of why and how they have emerged, and consider the available evidence that can indicate whether the innovations are likely to survive.


  • Sandra DE CALDAS (Université Paris 8)
    Contemporary French and Portuguese lexical creation processes in the field of economics and finance
    2015, Vol.XX-1, pp. 45-60

    Neology is a creative and innovative phenomenon which contributes to the evolution of languages, from a general perspective and in terms of specialized usage. The formation of new lexical and terminological units becomes an individual and collective conscious process. This article presents a comparative study of language enrichment process through neonyms in (European) Portuguese and (hexagonal) French, extracted from a corpus of comparable texts in French and Portuguese taken from press sources (since 2010) in the field of economics and finance. The first part of this paper is devoted to a preliminary theoretical presentation of language enrichment and lexical creativity. We then go on to explain, in the second part, the main observed neological processesusing concrete examples.