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Zapożyczenia semickie w mykeńskich nazwach produktów spożywczych
Zapożyczenia semickie w mykeńskich nazwach produktów spożywczych

Author(s): Małgorzata Zadka
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: the Linear B script; the Mycenaean dialect; Semitic borrowings; food products
Summary/Abstract: Semitic borrowings in the Greek language are attested already in the oldest layer of the development of this language which is familiar to us – the Mycenaean dialect. A result of contact between the inhabitants of Crete and continental Greece with the Middle East in the Bronze Age, they are associated with various areas of human endeavour – metallurgy, administration and the economy. The tablets with the Linear B script also feature the names of food products of Semitic etymology. The purpose of this article is to examine the relation between the number of Semitic words and the bulk of Mycenaean culinary vocabulary and to examine the varieties of referents whose names were borrowed from Semitic languages. The proportions between them may furnish us with a better understanding of the nature of Mycenaean-Semitic contacts in the second millennium BC.