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The Role and Place of the -ău Suffix in the Romanian Toponymic System

Publication: Studii și cercetări de onomastică și lexicologie, I (1-2), p. 295
Publisher:Editura Sitech
Abstract:The article is an analysis of Romanian toponyms and hydronyms which are made up with the suffix -ău. In Romanian this suffix is very productive at the level of all language compartments: appelatives, proper names and toponyms.
The derivatives made up with this suffix and having as base nouns, adjectives, verbs or interjections, often have a pejorative-depreciative connotation. The connotation is expressed by the suffix, highly frequent in usage to form popular geographical terms.
We analysed the frequent changes from appelatives to toponyms or hydronyms by transonymization, their distribution according to areas and hydrographic basins, the coincidences appeared between names of places and names of bodies of water. A higher concentration of names containing the suffix -ău is encountered in the north-west of Romania, since the suffix is of Hungarian origin. We conclude that a large number of toponyms are based on Romanian words containing the suffix -ău and they are the result of a process of toponymization.
Key words:apelative, proper name, toponym, suffix, toponymization
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 1

References in this publication: 2

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4Emese KisSufixul -ău în cuvintele de origine maghiară din limba romînăCL, V (1-2), 751960

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