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Boldyreva S.M. [Folklore and pseudo-folklore anthroponyms and their role in the novels of M. Semenova] World of Science. Series: Sociology, Philology, Cultural Studies, 2020, Vol. 11, No. 2. Available at: (in Russian).

Folklore and pseudo-folklore anthroponyms and their role in the novels of M. Semenova

Boldyreva Sofiya Mikhailovna
«Lyceum №9» of the city of Belgorod, Belgorod, Russia
Belgorod national research university, Belgorod, Russia

Abstract. This article is devoted to the analysis of folklore and pseudo-folklore anthroponyms in the works of M. Semenova. The novel collected linguistic material analysis suggests that these linguistic units also represent the linguistic picture of the author’s world, playing the style-forming factor role. Maria Semenova, creating her novels in a completely new subgenre called “Slavic fantasy”, actively uses folk-poetry and pseudo-folk vocabulary in the speech-making process, which allows the reader to experience the richness of Russian national language.

In M. Semenova`s novels, the people`s life is shown in their constant communication with each other, with nature, etc. Generic names in Ancient Russia period were a characteristic of men. The author doesn`t lose this tradition, it is reflected in the choice of lexical means. Anthroponymy in the works is very extensive, it includes stylized proper names of the period of Ancient Russia.

Moreover, we have identified two groups of anthroponyms used by the author in her works: slavic and foreign names. In the novel “The One I`m Always Waiting For” from the total anthroponyms number (42 names), Slavic names (ancient pagans: Zhdan, Zhelan etc., as well as pseudo-folklore ones, constructed by the author according to the model of folklore names: Nezhata, Veleta, etc.) amounted to 33 units, and foreign names – 9 nominees. At the same time, the few foreign names represent a group of anthroponyms that mainly represent the past of the heroes. These heroes in the «new» life choose their new – Slavic – names. In addition, we recorded 9 Slavic theonyms.

Keywords: folk poetic vocabulary; linguistic picture of the world; pseudo-folklore vocabulary; pseudo-folklore anthroponyms; anthroponyms; anthroponymy; folklore; stylization; M. Semenova; Slavic fantasy

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