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The article discusses theoretical issues of etymology, and some facts in connection with
this old study have been highlighted as paradoxical. As a section of comparative linguistics
etymology of the 19th century has great merit in setting the scientific foundations of linguistics
but contrary to this for the etymology of the 21st century it is impossible to say that
it is at the highest level of scientific knowledge. A methodological stagnation is observed in
the modern etymology: the compliance with the phonetic laws remains the basic requirement
to the etymological research, and the criteria of semantic reconstruction still remain
underestimated. Etymology, which is credited with the birth of comparative method, the
most respected research method, nowadays does not aim at methodological selfimprovement.
In connection with this comes the fact that etymology, which is the most
attractive linguistic field for the average person, doesn’t attract young researchers to its
теория на етимология, звукови закони, семантична реконструкция
Language, Linguistics, Literature and Theory of Literature