Internationalism (linguistics)  

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In linguistics, an internationalism or international word is a loanword that occurs in several languages with the same or at least similar meaning and etymology. These words exist in "several different languages as a result of simultaneous or successive borrowings from the ultimate source" (I.V.Arnold)Template:Citequote. Pronunciation and orthography are similar so that the word is understandable between the different languages.

It is debated how many languages are required so that a word is an internationalism.Template:Citation needed The term is uncommon in English linguisticsTemplate:Citation needed, although English has contributed a considerable number of words to world languages, e.g. the sport terms: football, baseball, cricket, and golf.


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