Reconsidering Types of Teochew Dialect Loanwords in Thai and Their Semantic Changes

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Xinhui Lu
Teavakorn Khumsat


Teochew people have begun to leave their home and immigrated to Thailand in order to survive. Any type of contact will bring about the contact between the two language communities. In the process of language contact, borrowing is often accompanied. As a result, the lexical items in Teochew Dialect are transmitted or transferred to Thai in a certain borrowing way and formed the vocabulary system of Teochew Dialect Loanwords in Thai. The vocabulary system has a large number, which can be classified according to the way of borrowing and the degree of assimilation. When Teochew vocabulary items are borrowed by Thai, the meaning of words may change due to some factors such as narrowing, expansion, and transfer.


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