Number of realizations

5

alone

only, just

Realization
Type Polysemy
Language German
Lexeme allein
Meaning 1 alone er lebt ganz allein 'he lives all alone'
Direction
Meaning 2 only er allein kann noch helfen 'only he can help'
Reference
Related Languages English alone.
Comment
Realization
Type Polysemy
Language Latin
Lexeme solus
Meaning 1 alone sola sum 'I am alone'
Direction
Meaning 2 only, just soli duo homines 'only two men';
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Comment
Realization
Type Polysemy
Language Geez
Lexeme bakk
Meaning 1 alone tənbar bakka 'let her live alone' (1 Cor 7:11)
Direction
Meaning 2 only, just ʕark la-səm bakka za-yətʕārrak 'a friend who is a friend only by name' (Gen 29:15)
Reference
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Comment (LLA 523)
Realization
Type Polysemy
Language Geez
Lexeme bāḥtitu
Meaning 1 'solus' ('alone') bāḥtitəya ʔənabbər
"Jer. 15:17 'I sit alone'"
Direction
Meaning 2 ''solum, tantum, solummodo' (only) ʔallā naḳʕa māy yaʕarrəg bāḥtitu ʔəmənna mədr
"Gen. 2:6 'but only streams of water came up from the earth'"
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Comment LLA 496-497; goes back to ba 'by' and ʔaḥadu 'one' (suggested by Praetorius, but rejected in LGz. 92); the same meanings in the cognates in Tna. (bəḥəttu, KT 1107) and Amh. bəčča (K 919)
Realization
Type Polysemy
Language French
Lexeme seul
Meaning 1 alone Laissez-moi (tout) seul
"Leave me alone"
Direction
Meaning 2 only, just C'est la seule personne qui puisse vous aider; Seul un miracle pourrait le sauver
"This is the only person who can help you; Only a miracle could save him"
Reference Larousse online
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Comment Cf. the adverb seulement