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Elbe - zu den Quellen eines Hydronyms

Title in English Elbe - to the sources of the hydronyms


Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Acta Linguistica Lithuanica
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Linguistics
Keywords Hydronym; semantic typology; word formation; etymology; Slavic; Germanic; Celtic; Old European hydronymy
Description The purpose of the presented article was to summarize the most important historical information about the hydronym Albis / Elbe / Labe and hydronyms formed from the same root, to discuss problems of their word formation and finally to evaluate various etymological attempts with respect to semantic typology. Two solutions seem to be more satisfactory than others: "white" etymology proposed by Hans Krahe and "slowly-streaming" etymology of Wolfgang Schmid.
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