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O podrijetlu toponima "Umag"
Ante Matan, 2007, original scientific article

Abstract: Based on research presented in this paper, it may be concluded that the origin or etymology of the name of the town of Umag is still obscure or, viewed from an optimistic perspective, insufficiently researched. The study of literature and a philological analysis supported by archeological evidence reveal that the toponym features Histrian origins but that its Latinized version was preserved. Hence, the present paper openly questions the romantic yeal underlying the Celtic hypothesis, still eagerly and fervently advocated by poorly informed and unknowledgeable supporters, sowing their dubious knowledge to equally unlearned listeners around them, as if they were the past small Istrian man sowing wheat with his callous hands, distorting the historical facts and disregarding what we all should lean on in the first place, the truth - where it can be determined. Furthermore, the paper highlights the excessive audacity (or rash recklessness of some) of the advocators of the Illyrian origin of the toponym, excluding details that could in fact be key. In view of all known facts, it is certainly more than questionable whether the Illyrian etymology can be considered. In fact, the findings of onomastic, archeological, linguistic, and philological research conducted to date indicate an epichoric Histrian toponym in the Latinized version.
Keywords: Umag, etimologija, toponimi
Published in RUP: 10.07.2015; Views: 2745; Downloads: 39
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