The linguistic-cultural image of parts of the human body (the head and its elements) perpetuated in German and Polish surnames

Zenon Lica

Uniwersytet Gdański


The article scrutinizes linguistic and cultural image of the human body, limited to the
lexeme ‘head’ and shown in the light of Polish and German names extracted from existing
anthroponymic lexicons. As the analysis showed, the method of describing petrified
forms points to a model of human nomination based on characteristic features of human
appearance, both in Polish and German. The expressive value of these types of surnames
depends on the connotations that their appellative meanings trigger in the recipient’s
mind. They will be associated with the description of the head and parts of it, which consists
of information concerning its size, shape and colour. The face, which is at the front, is a representative part of the person and thus it is subject to the most comprehensive
view, which is evident in the richness of the onymic material presented.


onomastics, anthroponymy, linguistic picture of the world, Polish names, German surnames

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Lica, Z. (2021). The linguistic-cultural image of parts of the human body (the head and its elements) perpetuated in German and Polish surnames. Prace Językoznawcze, 23(2), 187–198.

Zenon Lica 
Uniwersytet Gdański


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