Some Traces of Interlinguistic Contacts in the Central Balkan Mountains Cover Image

Neki tragovi međujezičkih kontakata u planinama središnjeg Balkana
Some Traces of Interlinguistic Contacts in the Central Balkan Mountains

Author(s): Aleksandar Loma
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Balkanološki institut - Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti
Keywords: interlinguistic contacts; Central Balkan mountains;

Summary/Abstract: The etymology of three Balcan tree names, S. -Cr. munika ‘Pinus leucodermis’, molika ‘Pinus peuce’ and omorika ‘Picea omorika’ is discussed. The latter is supposed to go back, together with Bulg. morika ‘spruce’, to Slavic *mъxorъ ‘fringe’ describing here the hanging branches of spruce. The Bosnian pine munika, munjika growing in high and rocky places exposed to the thunder, the relation to S.-Cr. munja < Common Slavic *mъlnja seems probable, and molika may be explained as a re-borrowing from Alb. molikë traceable to the same Slavic prototype *mъlnika.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: XXXIV
  • Page Range: 97-105
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English