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Title: The Etymology of Old English *docga
Authors: Gąsiorowski, Piotr
Keywords: Etymology
Old English
Middle English
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: de Gruyter
Citation: Indogermanische Forschungen 111 (2006), 275-284.
Abstract: This article explores the origin of English dog (OE *docga), generally regarded as a word of unknown origin. It is argued, on the basis of its morphology, that the word is a hypocoristic derivative of <dox>, an Old English colour adjective. The article suggests that the relation between OE <frox> and <frocga> ‘frog’ is not an isolated irregularity but an example of a derivational process represented also by <dox : *docga> and possibly by other such pairs in Old English (e.g. <fox: *fogga>).
DOI: 10.1515/9783110186505.275
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