In her paper the authoress is analyzing South Silesian vocabulary referring to names of fiancées, brides, fiancés, grooms, and to expressions concerning period between proposal and marriage like: to be affianced, betrothed, engaged to be married. Some of those words are very old and archaic (for example 'snymby', 'wiesieli'); other include semantic evolution or change. For example: the Polish archaic lexeme 'niewiasta' ('women' or 'wife') changed its meaning under the influence of the Czech 'bride'. To a lesser extend the paper describes that period in its cultural, ethnic, religious and social context. She also touches upon superstitions, magical practices, wedding songs and ritual speeches related to it. She often refers to Lucjan Malinowski's research. He was probably the first Polish linguist and ethnographer, who described the Silesian wedding ceremonies (Wisla, 1859).
Beata Kubok, Instytut Slawistyki PAN, ul. Bartoszewicza 1b/17, 00-337 Warszawa, Poland
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