Milkana Kalaydzhieva
milkana@pu.acad.bg
Plovdiv University
ON THE DIVERSITY IN BOTANIC SPECIES NAMES OF GENUS ACER IN BULGARIAN AND CZECH
ABSTRACT
This paper treats comparativaly - from a point of synchronous and diachronous view - names of botanic species from genus Acer in Bulgarian and Czech. For the sake of convenience we use the Latin name of the genus, because the equivalents in Bulgarian are more than one. To clarify this lexical diversity, the aim of the paper is to trace back the etymology of - the two common for Slavic languages words - javor/jawor/ and klen/klon/ - the three specific for Bulgarian names - [mekish], [shestil] and [zheshlya] The Latin botanic name is often a loan- translated into other languages - to create a name for a determined object: Acer circinatum = javor okrouhlolisty, . In other cases determined botanic species has a name different from the common, genus name. Referring to this it is of interest the lexical material that nominate species from genus Acer in Bulgarian and Czech. The name of the family to which this genus belongs is Aceraceae - translated into Czech as Javorovite and in Bulgarian - [ Yavorovi], [Klenovi]. At genus level the translation of Acer is respectively javor and [yavor], [klen], [mekish], [shestil], [zheshlya]. For this classification level the five Bulgarian words are synonymous but at species level they nominate related, but different trees. Usually the Latin name of species consists of two components - the first one nominates the genus, the second one determines the species: Acer monspessulanum. In Czech all of the mentioned above species are also binaries - with first part javor , the second part specifies: Javor japonsky. The situation is different in Bulgarian - for three species we find three one-component names - in contrast to the rest two-component names. These specific words determine by themselves and there is no need to use another word for concretisation. - Etymology of javor/ According to Max Fasmer this tree had been not known in Proto-Slavonic lands. It occurs later after some migrations from Old-German forms *ahor, ahorn as avorn where -n drops out (elision because of its similarity to Slavonic adjective ending -n ). - Etymology of [mekish] Proto Slavonic **mekys < *mek 'soft' - the term is related to the relatively softener wood (sycamore, maple tree are well-known for their extremely hard wood). - Etymology of [shestil] and [zheshlya] is common. [zheshlya] is probably a fonetic transformation of dialectal [zheshtel]. It sounds very close to [shestil]. Fasmer finds a connection between Russian [zhertst], [zherest] 'thick stick, bludgeon' ,from its side related to [zhestokiy] 'fearce, cruel'. It is known that acer in Latin means also 'fearful, cruel, sharp'. Fasmer shows relation between Latin acer, Danish ?r and German Ahorn ( *ahor/n/ ). This way we find that [yavor], [mekish], [shestil], [zheshlya] could come from Latin acer - for [yavor] relation is fonetic; for [shestil] and [zheshlya] - semantic : The words for two species from genus Acer - [shestil] and [zheshlya] - formally has preserved an ethno cultural term connection to the signed object. They could be considered as own, domestic words, as a translation of a loan-word possessing a character sign. The same loan-word, on the other hand, for specific linguistic conformities, the accepting language (Proto Slavonic) transforms into its own one.



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