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The autonym and its origin

The country name Polska and the adjective polski, used as the language name, consists of the Slavic root pol´ ‘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 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_032587>
First published online: 2020

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