Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online


The most comprehensive reference work on Slavic languages ever published. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the Slavic language family from its Indo-European origins to the present day, as well as consideration of the interaction of Slavic with other languages.




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Interview with Marc L. Greenberg on the Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics

In June 2020, Brill released the online Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics (ESLL). Read an interview with Editor-in-Chief, Marc L. Greenberg (University of Kansas).

New at Brill: Heritage Language Journal

The Heritage Language Journal (HLJ) was established in 2002 by the National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Its aim is to provide a forum for scholars to disseminate research and knowledge about heritage and community languages.

Major Open Access Collaboration between Brill and ERC Project ‘Open Philology: The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures’

Brill is delighted to announce a new Open Access collaboration with ‘Open Philology: The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures’ (OpenPhilology), funded by the European Research Council. The resulting book series Buddhist Open Philology Project will publish translations of scriptures, text editions, and studies on the select corpus of Mahāyāna Buddhist scriptures (sūtra), the Mahāratnakūṭa collection of 49 sūtras. All volumes in the series will be published in Open Access with Brill.


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The lexicon of Hesychius, which has been preserved in a single manuscript from the early 15th c. CE, is a large dictionary of Greek words from the 5th/6th c. CE, compiled on the basis of earlier works by Greek grammarians and lexicographers (Diogenianus, in particular, but also Aristarchus, Heliodorus, Apion, and Herodian). The lexicon shows traces of heavy interpolation (prior to 10th c. CE), while its text is notoriously corrupt in various respects (alphabetical ordering of lemmata, relationship between lemmata and their explanations, etc.). Nonetheless, the wealth of dialectal and foreign words, even from poorly attested Ancient Greek dialects and rudimentary ancient languages respectively, has singled out Hesychius’ work as the most important source among the extant ancient/medieval Greek lexica.

This entry presents the main issues related to neology, with special reference to Greek neology. First, the term neologism is defined, followed by a discussion on the main criteria that characterize neology, the key notion being institutionalization (or conventionalization), and its computational and/or experimental operationalization. In addition, new formations are divided into three main types according to their lifespan (ad hoc, ephemeral and neologistic formations), and the main word-formation processes for all types of neologisms are presented: Derivation, compounding, conversion, blending, shortening, borrowing, and shift of meaning. The entry concludes by emphasizing the importance of the study of the phenomenon of neology as it relates to all levels of linguistic analysis and theory (e.g. morphology and textlinguistics).