Il toponimo Bardi e l’etnico “Longobardi”: una nuova proposta etimologica.

Abstract

The toponym Bardi has often been read as an ethnic identifier. In this work, while critically examining these readings, the problem of theories that assign a term an ethnic origin without having demonstrated their plausible historical-linguistic correctness is addressed. These hypotheses sometimes appear to be based more on the assonance of the toponym with the name of a people, as well as on a fictionalized popular tradition, than on an adequate etymological study. Furthermore, these theories are often the result spoiled by research solely aimed at restoring to local communities a not better defined “ethnic identity”, as well as emphasizing its history for tourism and commercial purposes. This work therefore proposes an etymological rereading of this toponym starting from linguistic and social considerations. Continua a leggere