ZAMFIRA MIHAIL (Bucharest, Romania) SYNONYMY IN THE B ULGARIAN SOCIAL-POLITICAL TERMINOLOGY IN USE IN THE LATTER HALF OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Linguistics can make a significant contribution to mentality "decoding" only to the extent to which it penetrates the written text; in such an approach the examination of the alternating terms denoting one and the same concept affords fruitful conclu- sions as to the speakers' choice. In the present article the correla- tion between the social-political concepts and the terminology employed over the period from 1841 to 1876 has been considered in terms of the respective social movements in Bulgaria. Only the . terms denoting an"[armed] [large-scale] uprising aimed at the acquisition of liberty" have been investigated. The ideology of the Bulgarian national liberation movement, which dates back to the second part of the eighteenth century al- though its main revolutionary aspects relate to the mid- nineteenth century, echoes the Bulgarians' aspirations for political independence, at the same time underlying the antifeudal struggle meant for social liberation.1 The national- general characteristic of this ideology was its most salient , feature; Gheorghi Stoikov Rakovski substantiated the necessity ' ' of the unflinching struggle against the Ottoman oppression.2 The late
Southeastern Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1984
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