Etymological Notes on Bulgarian poròj “Torrent” and Romanian pârấu “Brook” Cover Image
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Etymologischer Ausblick auf bulg. poròj „Sturzbach“ und rumän. pârâu „Bach“
Etymological Notes on Bulgarian poròj “Torrent” and Romanian pârấu “Brook”

Author(s): Corinna Leschber
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Lexis, Semantics, Comparative Linguistics, South Slavic Languages
Published by: Институт за български език „Проф. Любомир Андрейчин“, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Etymology; Balkan linguistics; Bulgarian language; Romanian language; Albanian language

Summary/Abstract: Etymological notes on Bulgarian poròj “torrent” and Romanian pârấu “brook” In the following brief analysis, we consider the loan relationships of the Bulgarian word poròj meaning “torrent” and the Romanian pârấu “brook”, with regard to the source of these words – the Albanian word përroi (përrua) “torrent”.We describe how the Albanian etymon has been analysed so far. It is shown, how the Bulgarian word has been integrated into Bulgarian and at the same time, it becomes clear, how substratum words can be adapted by means of standard word formation. In this way the Bulgarian word poròj looks like a word formed with Slavic word-formation elements and consequently, at first glance, almost certainly like a word with a Slavic etymology. Furthermore, we consider possible links with words in neighbouring languages, e.g., Italian dialects, German dialects, and beyond the Indo-European languages.

  • Issue Year: 59/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 80-88
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: German