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The Development of Words Across Centuries
The Development of Words Across Centuries

An Outline of a Dictionary of Semantic Motivations Based on the Material of Slavic Adjectives Inherited from the Proto-Slavic Period

Author(s): Mariola Jakubowicz
Contributor(s): Artur Zwolski (Translator)
Subject(s): Semantics, Historical Linguistics, Western Slavic Languages, Eastern Slavic Languages, South Slavic Languages
Published by: Instytut Slawistyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Proto-Slavic language; word formation; adjective; reconstruction of meaning; parallels of semantic development; dictionary
Summary/Abstract: The book deals with changes in words meanings – and especially, the regularities therein – as exemplified by selected Proto-Slavic-derived adjectives denoting human traits, whose semantic development has been analysed since their emergence in the Proto-Slavic period until today. The observed regularities served as the basis for an outline dictionary of semantic motivations, which might be useful when considering etymologies of other (not just Slavic) words from this conceptual field. The book features an extensive theoretical introduction, discussing: the rules of establishing meanings in a proto-language, works devoted to semantic reconstruction of languages, and parallels in semantic development.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-64031-64-9
  • Page Count: 333
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English