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New perspectives in Karaim etymology? : the origin of Lutsk Karaim ḱemec ‘1. soldier; 2. Russian (person)’

By Michał Németh


According to KRPS, ḱemec ‘1. soldier; 2. Russian (person)’ is native Lutsk Karaim. Since the word lacks any cognates on Turkic ground, in the present paper an attempt is made to link the word to Germ. Kamasche ‘gaiters’ and to explain its phonetic shape as being a consequence of the influence of the language of Polish Jews

Topics: etymology, Lutsk Karaim, Eastern Yiddish, Polish, Russian, soldier, gaiters, borrowing
Publisher: 'Uniwersytet Jagiellonski - Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego'
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.4467/20843836SE.13.006.0943
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