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Dr. J. Jakobsen's Etymological Dictionary of Shetland Norn Revisited (Some observations on the macro- and microstructure of the lexicographical masterpiece) Subtitle: Presented at Celtic/Scots Lexicography session

Abstract: Dr. Jakobsenʼs dictionary based on the data of his fieldwork carried out in Shetland between 1893and 1895 is a unique lexicographical monument due to quite a number of features of its macro- andmicrostructure. The major peculiarities are caused by the following:1. It is not easy to define exactly the genre of this versatile word-book as it is sure to be muchmore than a mere etymological dictionary. Most of its entries combine certain features ofetymological, historical, monolingual and translation dictionaries as well as those ofencyclopaedic and even terminological ones.2. It deals with such a “dim” subject as the traces of Scandinavian (no matter how numerousand conspicuous they were in those days) in Shetland Insular Scots. This kind of materialpresupposed multiple interpretations as most original Scandinavian forms had undergoneconsiderable morphological levelling and the scholar had to deal with numerous ambiguousroots.The material in question caused notable peculiarities in the macro- and microstructure of thedictionary. J.Jakobsen elaborated an efficient approach to the description of the Norn element inShetlandic. Although he selected only those words whose direct or indirect Norn origins he was sureabout, his definitions and interpretations look rather like a discussion which helps the user to obtaina complete perspective. Indeed, examining the Shetland Norn corpus it is not always possible toconclude which root you are dealing with, either a Scandinavian or a Scots or even a Celtic one. It isthis ambiguity of the material that made Dr. Jakobsen avoid categorical statements in many of hisentries. The said entries have the form of debate in which the author compares various possibleetymologies selecting the most verisimilar ones.In our paper we attempt to characterize in detail the lexicographical genre of Dr. Jakobsenʼsdictionary or rather all the dimensions of its genre. Also we provide an analysis of the peculiarapproach and techniques the author employs to treat Scandinavian lexis (both obvious andquestionable) in Shetland Scots.

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Author: Alexander Pavlenko - institutionTaganrog Institute of Management and Economics, Russia - - - Galina Pavlenko - institutionTaganro

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