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Observations on historical terminology: Grotte and Höhle in German texts
Brigitta Mader - (32/2,2003)
The author treats the historical terminology for caves (Grotte, Höhle) used by German speaking authors and explorers in the Austro-Hungarian period with special emphasis on the etymology of the terms Grotte and Höhle, coming to the conclusion that those terms do not indicate a difference either from the speleological point of view or the linguistic one. The contemporary use of Grotte and Höhle in the Austro-Hungarian period is determined by linguistic conditions and influence of the Italian (bilingual or even trilingual situation) in the classical Karst region.
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