Ieva Klara Kučiauskaitė and Dovilė Palapytė (Vilnius University, Lithuania). The Semantic Change of Mystical Words in the Field of the Afterworld. – In: Languages and Cultures of the Baltic Region: Collection of Papers. Vol. 2. – Rīga: Sociālo tehnoloģiju augstskola (STA), 2007. ISBN 978-9984-39-253-0.
The aim of this article is to define etymology as the study of the history of words including the essence of mythology and religion, analyse the semantic change of mystical words in the field of the Afterworld. The report consists of two parts: theoretical and analytical. The theoretical part overviews semantics and the denotative and connotative types of meaning, reveals the connection between the etymology, mythology and afterworld. The analytical part gives some examples and analyses the semantic change of mystical words in the field of the afterworld such as fate, death and corpse. The report is based on the views of famous scholars such as G. Leech, R.S. Ginzburg, F.R. Palmer, etc. The report extends the knowledge of semantics as the essence analysing word-meaning.