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Едно рядко значение на улица в контекста на старата славянска книжнина
A Rare Meaning of улица in the Context of Old Slavic Literature

Author(s): Elka Mircheva
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Кирило-Методиевски научен център при Българска академия на науките
Keywords: rare Old Bulgarian meaning of улица; Preslav Literary Centre; The Dialogues of Pope Gregory the Great; Theology by John the Exarch; Hexameron by John the Exarch.

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses a rare Old Bulgarian meaning of the noun улица in written monuments related to the Preslav Literary Centre. In some of this translation school’s landmark works – The Dialogues of Pope Gregory the Great, Theology and Hexameron by John the Exarch of Bulgaria, the lexeme does not mean ‘a passageway, a passage between buildings’, but ‘a door, gates’ and ‘a window’. The author suggests that this meaning is a relic of the relatively late distancing between today’s successors to the Proto-Slavic *ula – улей (‘gutter, runway’), and улица (‘street’) whose unifying meaning is ‘free space yet limited by boundaries’.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 85-102
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian