Folk Etymology in the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects

  title={Folk Etymology in the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects},
  author={Hezy Mutzafi},
  journal={Aramaic Studies},
  • H. Mutzafi
  • Published 12 November 2018
  • Linguistics
  • Aramaic Studies
Although folk etymology is a common linguistic phenomenon, it has hitherto hardly been touched upon in lexicological and other works related to varieties of Neo-Aramaic. The present article concerns twelve cases of folk etymology selected from some of the dialects of North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA), the largest and most variegated division of modern Aramaic. Among these are three folk-etymological interpretations that did not induce structural or other changes, as well as nine cases of folk…