THE SEMANTIC ANALYSIS OF NICKNAMES OF OLD BELIEVERS FROM AUGUSTOW AND SUWALKI REGIONS (Analiza semantyczna przezwisk staroobrzedowców z okolic Augustowa i Suwalk)
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The Old Believers settled down in North-Eastern Poland in the second half of the 18th century. They were living in hermetic, homogenous communities. This protected their culture from strong exterior influence. Nowadays, after a number of civilizing transformations, the isolation practically disappeared making the Old Believers' culture defenceless against influence of dominant Polish culture. Together with all that changes the Old Believers' anthroponymy has been transformed. Nicknames used to be were very popular in Old Believers' community. Giving nicknames is still a living only in villages Gabowe Grady and Bór. The most numerous group are nicknames motivated by appellatives that define external inner features, temperament and habits. These names reflect the objective knowledge of the nickname makers and they are expressed by concrete vocabulary.
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