STUDIA PHILOLOGICA
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The -lar/-lar- Word-Building Formant in the Bulgarian Toponymic System


Authors:
Velin Petrov

Pages: 303-318

Abstract:

The -lar/-lar- formant (from the Turkic -lar) is sparsely represented in the Bulgarian word-building system. In the languages from which it derives, this morpheme’s function is connected to the building of plurals. The -lar/-lar- formant in Bulgarian has had its grammatical functions completely eliminated. It only occurs in certain obsolete or dialect words, and in a small number of toponyms. It had a significantly higher use frequency in toponymy in the not-distant past, which is largely connected to sociolinguistic and extralinguistic factors.

Keywords:

word-building, toponymy, Bulgarian language, language interference

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