Etymology in the polish academy of sciences great dictionary of polish

2018. № 4 (18), 95-107

 Institute of Polish language of the Polish Academy of Sciences



The article offers an insight into etymological information provided in the Polish Academy of Sciences Great Dictionary of Polish. The dictionary and the rules of elaborating the entries are briefly presented. These rules influence the way of working on etymology in the dictionary.

The main part of the article is devoted to the presentation of the field “origin” and the etymological information which is given in one-word entries. The principles of elaborating this information in the dictionary are presented in detail and illustrated with examples. Moreover, some problems, like the issue of borrowings, calques and semantic motivation, are discussed in the paper.