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Съкращенията в рилския препис нa повестта „Варлаам и Йоасаф“
The Abbreviations in the Rila Copy of the Povest of Varlaam and Joasaf

Author(s): Monia Camuglia
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: Кирило-Методиевски научен център при Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: This article is a study of the abbreviations to by found in the Middle Bulgarian Gopy of the Povest of Varlaam and Joasaf from the 14th c. kept at Rila Monastery (Rila 3/14) that has not yet been examined from a linguistic point of view. The abbreviations are studied and described in detail. Word formation as well as graphic, phonetic, linear, lexical, comparative and diachronic aspects are analysed. Fore the first time the dependence of the abbreviations on the morphemic structure of the lexeme is established. We helped ourselves with the DBT software (Database testuali), a program of textual analysis able to perform a full text navigation with quick and precise output of data. The abbreviations of the Povest are studied from their linguistic and graphic aspects. What we call “pseudoabbreviations”, i. e. not abbreviated words which present graphic features typical for abbreviations, are given separate attention in our analysis. From the graphic point of view, the graphic characteristics of abbreviated words, the compositions of overwritten letters and their relation with the titla, the typology of missing letters and their position between the written letters, the position of abbreviations in the frame of the line and definition of the principles of their usage are defined. From the lexical point of view; the relation between the abbreviated words and their semantic peculiarities are defined.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 33-72
  • Page Count: 40
  • Language: Bulgarian