Why and how


Because the Langue d’oc is the only roman language devoid of an  Dictionaire Etymologique . For a special index of  English words related to Occtan follow this link. For example demijhon  or beaver.


In this site you will find the etymology of hundreds of words in the langue d’oc (called Provençal in English), that means  all the dialects spoken or written the south of France, 

The etymology is the description of the history of words, that is to say, the evolution of forms and meanings.
The Langue d’oc or Occitan include all the dialects of the south: Provençal, Languedocien, Gascon, Auvergnat, Limousin, VivaroAlpin ) whereas  the langue d’oil is the language of the north also called French;  the langue de si is Italien. This distinction was made by Dante.


Type the beginning of the  word you want to see in the  field « Chercher » at the top right avoiding, conjugations, derivatives and small grammatical words  like a, an, the, etc.
You can also browse the pages a b c
Search the Index oc   or in the Index Français >oc .

An example. Looking for the etymology of cagnard   type cagn in  the « Search » field.  Looking for the etymology of English squeeze, type squeez or even  squee .  If you type jack you will have 3 posts. Jacquard,  Ase and Quincarlot.

The main source of my posts is the FEW,  « Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch. Eine Darstellung des galloromanischen Sprachschatzes ». by Wather von Wartburg, now available  on line. If you live in the USA you are  privileged, because you have acces to the digitalized version. Hathi Trust Digital Library.  The FEW is also an  important source for the etymology English vocabumary.   For instance in vol. XVI, p.2, note 13 you will find the etymology of English giblet :

Giblet en anglais dans FEW

Main Author: Wartburg, Walther von, 1888-1971.
Language(s): French ; German
Published: Bonn, F. Klopp verlag g.m.b.h., 1928-
Subjects: French language > Etymology > Dictionaries.

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