On the Models of Old Church Slavonic Compounds

Summary: 

The article deals with the comparison of word-formation models of Old Church Slavonic composites and their Greek correspondences. Despite the typological proximity of the Old Church Slavonic and Greek languages of the Byzantine period, in actual examples, the word-formation models of Old Church Slavonic composites often do not coincide with the models of their Greek counterparts. The author concludes that calque as a component of the procedure of word-formation of the Old Church Slavonic composites was mainly concerned with the autosemantic root morphemes. In addition, for the Slavonic translators, the general semantics (le sens général) of the roots of the model Greek word was important first of all. In each case the choice of the word-formation model could either coincide with the word-formation model of the Greek correspondence or be different, demonstrating an orientation towards the Old Church Slavonic word-formation mechanism.

Valeriya S. Efimova (Moscow, Russia)
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