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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."



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Dissertation Information


Title: The Onomastics Monography of Csikszentimre Add Dissertation
Author: András Zopus Update Dissertation
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Institution: Eötvös Loránd University, Hungarian Linguistics Programme
Completed in: 2004
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics;
Director(s): Mihály Hajdu

Abstract: In my work I have examined the szinkron- and diakrón regarding the
name-matter of the village Csíkszentimre.

Through the diakrón investigation I analysed the history of the name-
matter to create a picture of the colonization´s habits; -to name, -the
trend of personal names, -about families in the village considered to be
ancient, -the continuity of the names, -their characteristics.

From the perspectives of the family- names a conclusion that the used
majority of the names are of Hungarian origin can be withdrawn, merely from
the beginning of the XIX:th century names of Romanian origin can be found,
as the number of Romanian family- names then reached 10-15; these days
they once again have retreated, 99,9% of the population is Hungarian, and
so are their names.

From a systematizing point of view the arrangements of the family-names are
no easy tasks, as the discussions so far risen evolving interpretation of
the family-names prove.

I myself have not been able to interpret certain family- names, a more
specific arrangement of these requires further research.

Several people have discussed the father's names and the formation of their
changed shapes considered as family- names, we find facts about the
evolution of the history of names in respectively non- fiction (Bárczi
1958, Benkö 1949, Berrár 1942 i.e.)

Relatively the arrangements and categorizations of the family- names risen
from Christian names, location-and population names and names risen from
public words have proportionally meant less problems, according to my work
these are by knowledge-and feeling for language easier to understand.
During centuries of analysis it has according to results appeared that most
family- names in the traditional, Transylvanian village continuously are
conducted, that is the family- tree does neither by law, ethically,
existentially-nor through historical tryings die out. So the newcomers can
only exceptionally hold on-and adjust to the village, that way even their
names are seasonalized, time-bound.

In the matter of family-names name trends are not relevant since increase
or decrease of family-names is proportional to the amount of newborn boys,
therefore I have not by grouping and division of family-names made any
percentual account. As shown in the work the family-names originated from
Christian for-names (only fathers- names or the changed form) are in
overflow during all examined periods of time (or during development of
history) in the village Csíkszentimre, accompanied from basic species-names.

Studies of for-names show that name-matter affecting both male-and female
names in spite of peripheral localization follow name-trends originated
from cities, during centuries.

My purpose was to-with the exception of two years, during a period of 500
years represent the monography of nameology of Szentimre village and
despite several difficulties I hope to have presented it in a righteous way.

But the work of research can never end; if possible my proceeding aim will
be the completion of a larger work; the gathering and systematisation of
Alcsík-or probably the historical name-matter of the province of Csík.