Folk Etymology in the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects

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Although folk etymology is a common linguistic phenomenon, it has hitherto hardly been touched upon in lexicological and other works related to varieties of Neo-Aramaic. The present article concerns twelve cases of folk etymology selected from some of the dialects of North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA), the largest and most variegated division of modern Aramaic. Among these are three folk-etymological interpretations that did not induce structural or other changes, as well as nine cases of folk-etymological processes that reshaped NENA lexical items.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-233
Number of pages19
JournalAramaic Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018


  • Folk etymology
  • Folk-etymological alteration
  • Folk-etymological interpretation
  • Lexical cognates
  • NENA


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