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The Greek Element in the First Etymologic Dictionary of Albanian Language

Polite Çoçka


The Albanian language and its history have always attracted the attention of the scholars during the last two centuries. The Etymologic Dictionary of Albanian language by Gustav Meyer is one of the works that has set the foundations of Albanian studies in the history of the Albanian language. It is an obligation to honor all those scholars that kindly dedicated their lives to language, history, and culture.We have inherited a valuable scientific research in the field of Albanologiocal science so that a selected fund of important works in the Albanian language can be created. The aim of this paper is to introduce and point out the linguistic values of the Greek borrowings (elements) in the Etymologic Dictionary of Albanian language by Gustav Meyer (Strasburg 1891). Furthermore, through the comparative method we are going to compare them with the Greek borrowings found even nowadays in the “Dictionary of Albanian Language” (Tirana 2006). This paper aims not only at promoting the values of his work but also at pointing out some limitations and shortages that time has proved.

Keywords: greek, borrowings, dictionary, etymologic, research. 

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