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Day Names
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The Slavic system of day names is a historical hybrid: an older numerical five-day week (Monday–Friday) was expanded by two days (Saturday and Sunday) into a seven-day week with the adoption of Christianity. The semantic bases of the day names are uniform across the Slavic languages with the sole exception of Ru voskresenʹe ‘Sunday’, literally ‘resurrection (day)’.

Monday (PSl *ponedělьnikъ ‘after Sunday’; see below) is a compound, possibly modeled on Go afarsabbatē dags ‘Sunday’, literally ‘after the Sabbath’ (or Gr προσάββατον prosábbaton ‘Friday’, literally ‘before the Sa…

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Reindl, Donald, “Day Names”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief University of Kansas General Editor University of Chicago Associate Editors University of Kansas Brown University University of Amsterdam University of Warsaw University of Zagreb University of Mainz Stockholm University Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble, Stephen M. Dickey, Masako Ueda Fidler, René Genis, Marek Łaziński, Anita Peti-Stantić, Björn Wiemer, Nadežda V. Zorixina-Nilsson. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032353>
First published online: 2020

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