Baltic Influence Upon the North-West Belarusian Dialects Grammar
Candidate of Philological Sciences (Ph.D. in Philology),
Head of the Humanities Department, Graduate School of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (Belarus, Minsk),
The article analyzes a number of grammatical features typical for the North-West dialect zone of the Belarusian language. These peculiarities are interpreted as a possible result of Slavic-Baltic contacts in the region. Some phenomena can be explained as a Baltic (mainly (great) Lithuanian) substratum in North-West Belarusian dialects. The factor of areal neighborhood has to be taken into consideration too. A lot of the appropriate lingual facts are in restricted and inconsistent use. However, it is possible to be said about more or less significant (now or/and before) tendencies of regional lingual development. That comes in support of forming the singular North-West Belarusian regiolect (= the regionally marked variety of a dialect language).
Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Belarusian language, Balt influence, northwest dialect zone.
- Astreika, V. (2011). Bałcki upłyu na fanietyku havorak paunochna-zachodniaj dyjalektnaj zony bielaruskaj movy. Jazyk i miezhkulturnyje kommunikacii: matjerialy III Miezhdunar. nauch. konf. Minsk-Vilnius, 17–20 maja 2011 h. Minsk, 274–276. [in Belarusian].
- Cychun, H. (1993). Inavacyi słavianskich kantaktnych zon. Rozprawy Slawistyczne, (6), 30– [in Russian].
- Kalnyn, L. E. (2000). Fonietichjeskiie dialektnyie razlichiia, obuslovlennyie riefleksaciiej praslavianskich sochietanij plavnych sonantov s rieducirovannymi hl Vostochno-slavianskiie izohlossy, (3). Moskva. [in Russian].
- Kiklevich, A. K., & Kozhinova, A. A (2001). Polskij iazyk. Minsk. [in Russian].