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False Friends
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This article focuses on the linguistic phenomenon faux amis (false friends, false cognates) in Slavic languages, i.e., words that share a common signifier but a different signified (meaning). The main aim is to provide a short historical background of the concept and a brief list of the Slavic terminology in use, as well as an overview of the criteria applied to identify them (e.g., origin and potential interference).

False friends – words in two or more languages showing a common form but having a different meaning – are a linguistic phenomenon of concern to bo…

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Wietecka, Anna, “False Friends”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief General Editor Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032362>
First published online: 2020

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