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Type of publication: master thesis
Field of Science: Filologija / Philology (H004)
Author(s): Hausner, Benjamin Maximilian
Supervisor: Wiemer, Björn
Title: Russian, Polish and Lithuanian lexical influences on Belarusian vernaculars in the Belarusian-Lithuanian border region
Other Title: Rusų, lenkų ir lietuvių kalbų įtaka baltarusių kalbos leksikai Baltarusijos ir Lietuvos pasienio regione
Extent: 50 p.
Date: 11-Jun-2019
Keywords: Baltarusių kalba;Belarusian;Leksika;Lexicon;Tarmės;Dialects;Mova prosta
Abstract: The aim of this study is to analyse to what extent Belarusian varieties spoken in the Belarusian-Lithuanian border region differ in the use of Russian, Polish and Lithuanian vocabulary on each side of the border. More broadly, the thesis investigates the question how different sociolinguistic situations in modern Lithuania and Belarus influence the lexical level of Belarusian speakers that speak the same language but live in different countries. In order to accomplish the research goal, a quantitative approach is used based on corpus data from dialectal Belarusian. The geographical scope of the thesis is on a contiguous transboundary area comprising a number of villages and towns in the Astravec district of Belarus and in the Vilnius district of Lithuania. In traditional Belarusian dialectology, this area belongs to the Middle Belarusian dialect group which likely has been a homogenous dialectal area in the past. The study does not only investigate the language of origin but examines non-Belarusian vocabulary also in terms of phonological and morphological integration, regularity, word classes and semantic fields. The results suggest that the differences regarding the language of origin (e.g. using a higher percentage of Russian or Polish vocabulary) rather depend on individual factors than on the speakers’ country of residence. There is also evidence that many of the encountered contact words from Russian and Polish constitute established borrowings in the examined Belarusian dialects due to their regular occurrence.
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