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Words And Things

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W örter und Sachen (words and things) is a well-known linguistic concept which was refined by the Indo-Europeanist R. Meininger and the romanist H. Schuchardt in the late 19th century and which had become some kind of a linguistic movement during earlier studies, especially in dialect geography. The concept of village seems to be quite clear. A village can be defined as a rural settlement bigger than a hamlet and smaller than a town. The concept of kitchen as a special room of a house or an apartment in which cooking is performed is not universal due to different material cultures. The different forms for to light a fire at first glance seem to be unequivocal. Forms derived from šʿl, wlʿ, wqd need not many comments. A water-tap within a kitchen certainly is something new since running water in houses partly is an achievement of modern times.

Keywords: fire; kitchen; village; water-tap



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