oa Lexikos - Die WAT en etimologie: Word die kringloop voltooi?

Volume 6, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



The WAT and etymology: Will the cycle be completed? Afrikaans historical lexicography is a neglected discipline and to a large extent metalexicographers hold the overall-descriptionptive Afrikaans dictionary, Die Woordeboek van die Ajri1cJumse Taal, responsible for this state of affairs. The WAT, however, descriptionbes itself as a synchronic dictionary aimed at descriptionbing the present usage of Afrikaans. Limited etymological information is included. Ironically it was the ideal of the first editor of the WAT that it should contain concise etymological infonnation on the whole of the Afrikaans lexicon. This task however, proved to be welJ beyond his reach and future editors did not believe a historical descriptionption of Afrikaans to be the aim of the synchronic WAT. Practical proposals are made for the satisfactory presentation of etymological infonnation on the Afrikaans lexicon.

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