Deantroponymic names in the Belarusian-Polish frontier Cover Image

Деантропонимные топонимы белорусско-польского пограничья
Deantroponymic names in the Belarusian-Polish frontier

Author(s): Julia Gurskaja
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Semantics, Eastern Slavic Languages, Baltic Languages, Philology
Published by: Instytut Slawistyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: proper names; ancient anthroponymy; oikonymy; semantic; Balto-Slavic language contacts

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes deantroponymic toponyms of Grodno land, recorded in written materials of 15th–17th centuries in comparison with current data. The origin, structure and evolution of the areal features of Slavic and Baltic names are investigated to conform the language, cultural and historical features of the region. From the historical and etymological point of view different time strata can be allocated. An extensive group was formed by oikonyms of the Baltic and Slavic origin, derived from personal names and nicknames of appellative character. A significant part in the oikonyms group is the group based on foreign-language Christian names. The third group includes settlement names, derived from the ancient complex Indo-European names. The fourth group consists of hybrid of Balto-Slavic names; a typical feature of which is the reconstruction of a Slavic-Baltic bases, which corresponds to the chronology of the development of this territory. Baltic names in the investigated territory, in the form of phonetic and morphological substitution, are the evidence of close Balto-Slavic linguistic and cultural contacts. Many oikonyms of Baltic origin are preserved in the investigated territory as part of modern Belarusian surnames.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 38
  • Page Range: 182-206
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Russian