Vol. 47 No. 2 (1999)
Research Article

An Outline and Classification of Lithuanian Nicknames

Published 1999-06-01



The nicknames of Lithuanian country people are investigated in order to determine the motivations for creating the nicknames and to develop a system of nickname classification based upon the motivations. More than 15,000 nicknames are included in this study and ten categories of nicknames are discussed; the category of nicknames referring to one's physical features accounts for nearly one third of all nicknames. A composite of a “typical Lithuanian” as shown by the nicknames is presented.


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