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Живот топонима у Тршићу
The Life of Place Names in Tršić

Author(s): Mirjana Petrović Savić
Subject(s): Lexis, Historical Linguistics, Philology
Published by: Српска академија наука и уметности

Summary/Abstract: The present paper deals with the microtoponymy of the village of Tršić in Western Serbia, known as the birthplace of Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, the father of the modern Serbian literary language. The author’s field reserach in 2016 resulted in a corpus including nearly 200 items. It is compared here to the evidence provided by Vuk himself, not only in three successive editions of his dictionary, but also by sporadic attestations found in his other writings. It turned out that Vuk directly attested only nine microtoponyms living today in Tršić plus two names that are no more used there. On the other hand, some forty further names in the list were known to Vuk from other regions or simply as appellatives. The discrepance partially goes back to the fact that some microtoponyms in Tršić obviously arose after Vuk’s lifetime, and in the other cases it may be explained by his lexicographic approach, which was selective towards the toponomastic data: Curiously enough, even the toponym Tršić is not included in either of the first two editions of his dictionary prepared by himself (the third one was posthumous). As for the names common to both corpuses, slight differences between their 19th and 21th century records are observed, concerning the phonetic shape, accent or denotation of a name.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 61-72
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Serbian