2013 №1 (14)

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Irma I. Mullonen
Institute of Language, Literature and History, Karelian Research Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences
Petrozavodsk, Russia

A New Research on Belozerye Hydronymy (Review of: Makarova, A. A. Russian Lake Names of Belozerye: Systemic and Functional Aspects)

Voprosy onomastiki (Problems of Onomastics), 2013, Issue 1 (14), pp 179–184
(in Russian)

Abstract: The review of A. A. Makarova’s dissertation gives a positive evaluation of the comprehensive (phonetic, semantic, structural and derivational) research of the lake hydronymy of Belozerye, the region of long and active ethnic and linguistic contacts between the Russian and Finno-Ugric peoples, suggesting new etymologies and a reconstruction of the historical ethnolinguistic map of the key area of the Russian North. The author also analyzes the principles of lexicographic presentation of lake hydronymy, applied by A. A. Makarova in her Dictionary of Belozerye Lake Hydronymy including 2 500 articles which describe about 4 500 lake names.

Key words: Russian language, Russian dialects, Finno-Ugric languages, Veps language, toponymy, hydronymy, lake names, Belozerye, Finno-Ugric substrate, language contacts, linguistic geography, lexicography


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