Language and Migration

These pages show how words and structures have migrated from and into our European languages. They give examples and show why these linguistic influences occurred.

Firstly, students from the different countries participating in the project show how their national languages have, over the centuries, made borrowings from other languages, partly because of migration and partly because of cultural influences.

Secondly, we show that over the past decades a "common European vocabulary" (mostly of English origin) has developed in the areas of food, technology, the media, and youth culture.

In addition, there is an (almost completed) Mini Dictionary of International Words in several European languages (available as a .doc file or as a .pdf file) that shows how much Europe has in common from a lexical point of view.

As a special feature, we have a page on some German words that have mograted into other languages.

 

Loanwords in European Languages

A Common European Vocabulary:
Food, Technology, Media, Youth Culture

Mini Dictionary of International Words (.doc file)
Mini Dictionary of International Words (.pdf file)

Migrating Words from the German Language