The Personal and Geographic Names in the Bulgarian and Serbian Translations of the Byzantine Versified Synaxarion (Section March)  Cover Image
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Личните и географските имена в българския и сръбския превод на Стишния пролог (по материал от месец март)
The Personal and Geographic Names in the Bulgarian and Serbian Translations of the Byzantine Versified Synaxarion (Section March)

Author(s): Lora Taseva
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: The paper presents a comparative study of the personal and geographic names in the two complete Slavic translations of the Byzantine Versified Synaxarion, namely the Bulgarian and Serbian Prolog Stišnoj, which appeared around the first half of the 14th century. On the basis of the March texts in seven South Slavic manuscripts, the differences in the rendering of the personal names are analysed on the level of phonetics, orthography, morphology and word formation. The data allow the following conclusions: 1) The differences in the forms of these names in the Bulgarian and Serbian Prolog Stišnoj give further arguments supporting their independent origin; 2) Several specific tendencies are noted which more or less differentiate them. The Bulgarian translation reproduces more accurately the graphics of the original names, allows dativus possessivus, often replaces the Greek anthroponyms and toponyms with adjectives, presents many local names in the plural, and sometimes retains Greek nominative endings in masculine personal names. The Serbian translation, on the other hand, follows more often the Byzantine pronunciation of the names, complies more strictly with their grammatical characteristics (case, number), separates more often the ending -ς from the stem, and incorporates the accusative ending -ν into the stem of certain anthroponyms several times. 3) The tendency towards Slavicisation of the personal names is nearly the same in both translations and cannot be viewed as peculiar of either of them.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 47
  • Page Range: 295-312
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian