Nursery words and hypocorisms among Germanic kinship terms

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By using Jakobson’s (1960: 127-130) criteria for determining the nursery-word sta-tus of a given lexeme, I argue in this article that, even if we should no longer re-gard PG *aiþīn-/-ōn- ‘mother’ (Goth. aiþei), *aiþma- ‘daughter’s husband’ and *faþōn- ‘father’s sister’ as nursery words or hypocorisms (Hansen 2017: 207-220), we should certainly still do so with PG *ammōn- ‘parent’s mother; wet nurse’, *attan- ‘father’ (Goth. atta), *basōn- ‘father’s sister’ and *mōnōn-/mōmōn- ‘moth-er; mother’s sister’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Gothic Philology and Linguistics
EditorsAlexandra Holsting, Hans Frede Nielsen
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Goths revisited - University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Duration: 8 Mar 2016 → …


SeminarThe Goths revisited
LocationUniversity of Southern Denmark
Periode08/03/2016 → …
SeriesNorth-Western European Language Evolution (NOWELE)

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Gothic, Germanic, etymology, child language, nursery word, kinship terminology, language history, semantics

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