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Славянски съответствия на английския термин sustainability
Slavic equivalents to the English term sustainability

Author(s): Iliana Genew-Puhalewa
Subject(s): Lexis, Semantics, Comparative Linguistics, South Slavic Languages
Published by: Instytut Slawistyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: terminology; sustainable development; sustainability; Bulgarian language; semantic progression;

Summary/Abstract: The paper examines the issue of how the term sustainable development (sustainability), coined exactly 30 years ago by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, has been reproduced in the Slavic languages. The history of the primary English term’s first use as well as its source have been discussed, with special consideration given to the fact that both English and Slavic terms expressing the concept of sustainability have native components. Using a semasiological approach to the studied terminological units, the author analyzes their outer and inner form of the terms in relation to their meaning (definition). The study emphasizes the semantic progression within the various Slavic words used as terms expressing the contemporary idea of sustainable development. This semantic evolution is observable, among other things, in the component of positive evaluation inherent in the terms’ meanings and definitions.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 53
  • Page Range: 260-272
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bulgarian