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Comparison of Four Medieval Bulgarian Inscriptions by Letter Frequency
Comparison of Four Medieval Bulgarian Inscriptions by Letter Frequency

Author(s): Jordan Tabov, Svilena Hristova
Subject(s): History, Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Applied Linguistics, Studies of Literature, Middle Ages, South Slavic Languages, Philology
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: This article compares the letter frequencies of four old Bulgarian inscriptions: the Samuel inscription of 993, the Samuel inscription of Voden, the Bitola inscription of Ivan Vladislav and the Tărnovo inscription of Ivan Asen II. We establish the proximity of the letter frequencies of these inscriptions and thus obtain an argument in favor of the view that the Voden inscription is a product of the same scribal tradition and orthography, and of the same epoch, to which both Samuel’s of 993 and Bitola’s inscriptions belong. The impressive ‘frequency proximity’ of the Voden and Bitola inscriptions is used to offer the hypothesis that the Samuel Dynasty’s royal administration has had a consistent tradition of writing and orthography.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 16-17
  • Page Range: 15-27
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English