Wörter-Büchlein. A German-Swedish-Polish-Latvian Dictionary Published in Riga in 1705

Författare: Larsson, Lennart (ed.)

ISBN: 978-91-7402-400-5

ISSN: 1102-2418

Antal sidor: 200

Utgivningsår: 2011

Serie: Slavica Suecana, Series A – Publications A: 02

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The present volume is an edition of a German-Swedish-Polish-Latvian thematically arranged dictionary, published in Riga in 1705 under the title Wörter-Büchlein, Wie etzliche gebräuchliche Sachen auff Teutsch, Schwedisch, Polnisch und Lettisch Zu benennen seynd. The volume includes a comprehensive introduction presenting the structure of the dictionary and examining it from a user perspective: For whom was it intended? And how could it have been used? It also deals with the genesis of the dictionary, discussing which earlier dictionaries served as its models, as well as the role of the printing house and of the Latvian clergyman and writer Liborius Depkin, to whom the dictionary has traditionally been ascribed.

In separate chapters each one of the four languages in the dictionary is then discussed more in detail, focusing on various lexical, morphological, phonetical and orthographical features, as well as on the origins and sources of the respective vocabularies.This is followed by a reproduction of the dictionary text, and facsimiles of some selected openings from Wörter-Büchlein.

The Authors:

Lennart Larsson, Ph.D., associate professor, Dept. of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Bo Andersson, Ph.D., professor of German, Dept. of Modern Languages, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Włodzimierz Gruszczyński, Ph.D. habilitated, associate professor, Dept. of Philology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, and Institute of the Polish Language of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland.

Pēteris Vanags, Dr. hab. hum., professor, Dept. of Baltic languages, German and Finnish, Stockholm University, Sweden and Dept. of Baltic linguistics, University of Latvia, Riga.