The Germanic loanwords in Proto-Slavic


This book is a comprehensive study of the Germanic loanwords in Proto-Slavic. It includes an investigation of all Germanic words that were borrowed into Proto-Slavic until its disintegration in the early ninth century. Research into the phonology, morphology and semantics of the loanwords serves as the basis of an investigation into the Germanic donor languages of the individual loanwords. The loanwords can be shown to be mainly of Gothic, High German and Low German origin. One of the aims of the present study is to clarify the accentuation of Germanic loanwords in Proto-Slavic and to explain how they were adapted to the Proto-Slavic accentual system. This volume is of special interest to scholars and students of Slavic and Germanic historical linguistics, contact linguistics and Slavic accentology.

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Saskia Pronk-Tiethoff’s research focuses on Slavic historical linguistics and language contact between Slavic and Germanic. She studied Slavic languages and cultures and Comparative Indo-European linguistics at Leiden University, where she also obtained her doctoral degree. She currently lives in Zagreb, where she contributed to the Croatian-Dutch dictionary (Institute for Croatian Language and Linguistics), and now contributes to the Croatian Church Slavic dictionary (Old Church Slavonic Institute).
"the book under review could hardly have been more welcome. ... GLPS [The Germanic Loanwords in Proto-Slavic] will finally supplant Kiparsky's 80-year-old PhD thesis as the standard work on Germanic-Slavic contacts"
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List of abbreviations
Aim and structure
Linguistic sources and terminology
Monographs on Germanic loanwords in Proto-Slavic
The Proto-Slavic prosodic system
AP (a)
AP (b)
AP (c)
AP (d)?
Research history on the accentuation of Germanic loanwords in Proto-Slavic
Meillet (1909), Lehr-Spławiński (1929)
Stender-Petersen (1927), Kiparsky (1934)
Kuryłowicz (1951, 1952)
Reception of Kuryłowicz (1951, 1952)
Language contact between Proto-Slavic and Germanic tribes
The Germanic and Slavic homelands
Slavic expansion towards the Roman Empire
Slavic expansion towards the west and the later Frankish Empire
Proto-Slavic loanwords in Germanic
Excursus I: Loanwords from and into Latin and early Romance
Excursus II: ‘Temematic’ substrate in Proto-Slavic
The main corpus: Germanic loanwords in Proto-Slavic
Loanwords with AP (a)
Loanwords with AP (b) and a heavy syllabic nucleus
Loanwords with AP (b) and a light syllabic nucleus
Loanwords with AP (c)
Loanwords with an unknown AP
Words that cannot be regarded as certain Germanic loanwords in Proto-Slavic
Later loanwords from Germanic (a selection)
Loanwords of Latin or Germanic origin
Words of indeterminable origin
Words that cannot be regarded as Germanic loanwords in Proto-Slavic
The origin of the loanwords
Phonological adaptation of the loanwords
Morphological adaptation of the loanwords
Semantic layering of the loanwords
Accentological analysis of the material
Summary and introduction
Presentation of the material according to their Germanic origin
Discussion of the material
Bibliographic abbreviations
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