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Nazwy istot młodych w gwarach polskich na Brasławszczyźnie – konkurencja form rodzimych i zapożyczonych
Naming Young Creatures in Polish Dialects of the Braslaw Region – A Tension between the Native and the Borrowed Forms

Author(s): Julia Domitrak
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Wydział Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Polish borderland dialects; derivation; names of young creatures; affix; interference; Braslaw region

Summary/Abstract: The rivalry between the Belarusian, Russian and Polish forms in Polish dialects of Braslaw region can be easily traced in the terms of lexical category denoting young creatures’ names (baby animal names). On the one hand, we observe the use of the dominating young creatures’ names formed by means of the (Lithuanian)-Belarusian affix {-uk}, on the other hand, the North-Polish {-ak} and the Russian {-onok} (also in the adapted form {-onek}). This is due to the co-functioning of several languages that constantly interact and influence the Polish language. The comparison of the number of derivatives in the register and the number of usage in the texts collected in the electronic corpus shows that despite the expansion of foreign affixes in Polish dialects, native forms still maintain their position and are frequently used.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 73
  • Page Range: 67-90
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish