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Polish
(6,242 words)

The autonym and its origin

The country name Polska and the adjective polski, used as the language name, consists of the Slavic root polʹ ‘field’ and the adjectival suffix -ski. There is no consensus about when and why the name came into existence. The country name in its Latin version Polonia was minted on a denarius of Bolesław I the Brave…

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Łaziński, Marek, “Polish”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 10 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032587>
First published online: 2020



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