The landscape of proper names and Polish-French linguistic contacts in the 17th century memoirs of François Paulin Dalairac

Rafał Zarębski

Uniwersytet Łódzki


The article discusses the landscape of proper names, understood as a kind of linguistic
landscape adapted to the purposes of diachronic linguistics. The research material for
further considerations was excerpted from the 17th-century memoir of François Paulin
Dalairac, a courtier to Jan III Sobieski. It has been concluded that old texts from the
field of ego-documents (including memoirs) in which different languages appeared have
a significant potential for the study of the concept of linguistic landscape and contacts.
The primary language of the analysed memoirs is French, but there are also passages
in other languages (mainly Polish), which may have played an important role in the
learning and improvement of the author’s Polish.


linguistic landscape, proper names, Polish-French linguistic contacts, 17th century, memoir, Dalairac

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Zarębski, R. (2022). The landscape of proper names and Polish-French linguistic contacts in the 17th century memoirs of François Paulin Dalairac. Prace Językoznawcze, 24(2), 5–19.

Rafał Zarębski 
Uniwersytet Łódzki


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