Football wordt voetbal - De vroegste geschiedenis van voetbalvocabulair in het Nederlands – lexicologie, fonologie, morfologie | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171


Football (soccer), the current number one sport practised in the Netherlands, was introduced into Dutch sports and educational culture in the final two decades of the 19th century, as one of the manifestations of a continental literary, cultural and political ‘anglomania’. This event implied new vocabulary, the introduction of which into Dutch is traced in this article. Investigating previous turn of the century football vocabulary in loanword research is motivated by the conveniently large size of the new lexicon. Moreover, differently from other sports, football quickly started to lose its elite character, implying a relatively wide range of speakers, of sociolinguistically diverse backgrounds. The new (2010) online ‘Royal Library’ newspaper website is used as a source of considerably extended and improved lexicological data of Dutch. Phonological and morphological patterns of foreign vocabulary introduction are outlined, showing that and where adopting loanwords may have been beneficial to Dutch phonotactics, and how creative morphology was applied in developing native variants.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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