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I. Language Culture and Language Policy
Department of Modern Bulgarian Language
Period: 2012-2014
Type of project: Collective
Funding: Budgetary (BAS)
Principal Investigator: Prof. V. Murdarov, Dr.Sci.
Participants: Prof. V. Murdarov, Dr.Sci.; Assoc. Prof. M. Dimitrova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. R. Stantcheva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. K. Charalozova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. T. Alexandrova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Tomov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Stoilova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Paskalev, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Kuneva, Ph.D.

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims at exploring the norms of standard Bulgarian and their codification, as well as increasing the linguistic and communication competence of native speakers of Bulgarian.
The tasks of the project are related to the study of written texts and the codification of the spelling, punctuation, and semantic norms of the standard modern Bulgarian. Consequently, it is envisaged to create official normative reference books, compiled in accordance with modern scientific methodologies. The project also includes various expert and consultancy activities aimed to serve a range of institutions – ministries, judicial and legal services, companies, community organisations, media, publishers, and thus to facilitate the establishment of normative rules of standard Bulgarian in society .
The project responds to key public necessities related to the need for highly developed language skills for communication in different social and communicative situations. Thus, the project complies with the general objective of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, and its priority section Societal Challenges, as well as the specific objective Science With and For Society. The project reflects two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Academic Dictionaries of Bulgarian Language and Language Culture.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Official Spelling Dictionary of Bulgarian (Extended Edition). Period: 2013-2014. Participants: Prof. V. Murdarov, Dr.Sci.; Assoc. Prof. M. Dimitrova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. R. Stantcheva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. K. Charalozova, Ph.D.; Assistant Prof. T. Alexandrova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Tomov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Stoilova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Paskalev, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Kuneva, Ph.D.
2. Language Information and Consultations. Period: 2012-2014. Participants: Prof. V. Murdarov, Dr.Sci.; Assoc. Prof. M. Dimitrova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. R. Stantcheva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. K. Charalozova, Ph.D.; Assistant Prof. T. Alexandrova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Tomov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Paskalev, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Kuneva, Ph.D.

 

Presentation of the results: Extended edition of the Official Spelling Dictionary of Bulgarian, theoretical studies and articles, language commentaries.

 

 

II. History of Standard Modern Bulgarian and Bulgarian Linguistics
Department of Modern Bulgarian Language
Period: 2012-2014
Type of project: Collective
Funding: Budgetary (BAS)
Head: Prof. V. Murdarov, Dr.Sci.
Participants: Prof. V. Murdarov, Dr.Sci.; Assoc. Prof. M. Dimitrova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. R. Stantcheva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. K. Charalozova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. T. Alexandrova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Tomov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Paskalev, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Kuneva, Ph.D.

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims to diachronically study the establishment of the standard modern language norms, their codification at phonetic, morphological and syntactic level.
The grammatical literature from the first half of the 20th century is studied in detail, as well the activities related to spelling. Grammars with scientific value are considered alongside all grammar books produced for the purposes of education, in order to uncover the relations with European grammar literature from the same period, as well as the unique approach in representing specific features of standard Bulgarian. With respect to spelling, efforts are focused on the compilation of many spelling dictionaries and reference books, aimed for different users, contributing to the establishment and codification of spelling norms and reflecting the views of their authors – teachers, researchers, public figures.
The project responds to the need for a comprehensive and systematic (integral) description of the standard modern language as a fundamental element of the Bulgarian cultural heritage. By taking the challenge to place that description in the context of modern linguistic theories, the project meets the priority section Excellent Science of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. The project is part of the priority area of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Cultural and Historical Linguistic Heritage of Bulgaria.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Bulgarian grammatical studies from the first half of the 20th century. Collective project. Principal Investigator: Prof. V. Murdarov, Dr.Sci. Period: 2012-2014. Participants: Assoc. Prof. M. Dimitrova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. R. Stantcheva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. K. Charalozova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. T. Alexandrova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Tomov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Paskalev, Ph.D.; Assis. Prof. I. Kuneva, Ph.D.
2. Codification of spelling norms in spelling dictionaries from the beginning of the 20th century. Part Two. Period: 2012-2014. Individual project of Assoc. Prof. K. Charalozova, Ph.D.
3. Pronouns in the texts of the Bulgarian Revival – establishing the norms. Period: 2012-30/06/2014. Individual project of Assoc. Prof. M. Dimitrova, Ph.D.

 

Presentation of the results: monographs, theoretical studies and articles.

 

 

III. Dictionary of the Bulgarian Language
Department of Bulgarian Lexicology and Lexicography
Period: 2014 – 2016
Type of project: Collective, long-term project
Funding: Budgetary (BAS)
Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Diana Blagoeva, Ph.D.
Participants: Assoc. Prof. D. Blagoeva, Ph.D.; Prof. Maria Choroleeva, Dr. Sci. (external collaborator), Prof. L. Krumova-Tzvetkova, Dr.Sci. (external collaborator), Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. T. Georgieva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Kostova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. A. Atanasova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. V. Stoykova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. V. Sumrova, Assist. Prof. V. Zanev, Assist. Prof. D. Kolev, Assist. Prof. S. Manova.

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims to prepare and publish the multi-volume Dictionary of the Bulgarian Language (DBL). DBL is the largest project of the Bulgarian monolingual descriptive lexicography that provides explanations of the Bulgarian vocabulary in its stylistic and functional diversity (covering the literary vocabulary, dialect words as attested in the published folklore works, terminology from different areas of science and public life, etc.). The 14 volumes published so far contain 112,686 entries. The lexicographic description covers the period between the first quarter of the 19th century until nowadays. Thus, DBL reflects the dynamics in the development of the Bulgarian vocabulary and includes words from the active vocabulary, as well as outdated words and words that have entered the active vocabulary in recent years. Phraseology comprises a large part of the vocabulary and is widely used in the descriptive materials. The team working on the compilation of DBL relies on the methodology of the contemporary descriptive lexicography, as well as on corpus linguistics and corpus lexicography. The team adopts the updated strategy for lexicographic work that is outlined in the first volume of the second extended and revised edition (published in 2001). DBL is a valuable reference guide for a wide range of users as it offers multi-layered information about the semantic, grammatical, stylistic, and functional properties of words, phraseology, their etymology, etc. DBL greatly contributes to the study and preservation of the vocabulary of the Bulgarian language which is an integral part of the Bulgarian cultural heritage and a manifestation of the Bulgarian national identity. In this context, the project meets the priority task for preserving the national cultural heritage in accordance with the National Strategy of Scientific Research until 2020. The project is part of the priority area of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language: Academic Dictionaries of Bulgarian Language.

 

Presentation of the results: volumes of the Dictionary of the Bulgarian Language.

 

 

IV. Theoretical and Lexicographic Aspects of the Studies in Modern Bulgarian Vocabulary
Department of Bulgarian Lexicology and Lexicography
Period: 2014 – 2016
Type of project: Collective
Funding: Budgetary (BAS), bilateral projects with the Polish Academy of Sciences, Czech Academy of Sciences, and Slovak Academy of Sciences.
Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D.
Participants: Assoc. Prof. D. Blagoeva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D.; Prof. S. Koeva, Ph.D. (Department of Computational Linguistics); Prof. A. Choleva, Ph.D. (Department of Applied Onomastics); Assoc. Prof. R. Stancheva, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Bulgarian Language); Assist. Prof. T. Georgieva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Kostova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. A. Atanasova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. E. Petkova, Ph.D. (Department of Terminology and Terminography); Assist. Prof. M. Vlahova, Ph.D. (Department of Applied Onomastics); Assist. Prof. Hristina Deykova, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Etymology); Assist. Prof. M. Garova (Department of Bulgarian Etymology); Assist. Prof. D. Borisova (Department of Bulgarian Etymology); Assist. Prof. D. Kolev, Assist. Prof. V. Stoykova, Ph.D.

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims at the systematic theoretical and applied research of the Bulgarian vocabulary. The general properties of the language will be outlined, as well as those revealing specific features of the national identity, especially in comparison with the vocabulary of other European and Slavic languages. The project also aims at promoting the knowledge about Bulgarian language in the context of the initiative for supporting European cultural and linguistic diversity. The research is focused on a number of theoretical and practical issues in the compilation of different types of dictionaries such as monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, dictionaries of neologisms, etc. Neography (as a relatively new branch in lexicographic research) gets special attention since it still poses theoretical and methodological challenges (related to the identification of the optimal boundaries of micro- and macro-structure, glossary extraction, etc.). One of the important tasks is to develop methodological means for compiling and extending new types of lexical resources of Bulgarian, such as lexical databases.
The practical tasks of the project are focused on creating different dictionaries (explanatory, bilingual, dictionary of neologisms), bilingual dictionaries, as well as expanding the electronic lexical resources for Bulgarian which have been already developed at the Institute for Bulgarian Language and are freely accessible on the web portal Infolex (//infolex.ibl.bas.bg/) and the web site Neolex (//neolex-bg.org/bg/).
The project employs both traditional lexicological methods (for studying the structural, semantic and cognitive aspects) and corpus-based methods (in compilation and overall preparation of the dictionaries and expansion of lexical databases).
The project’s objectives are in line with the general objectives the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and its priority section Science With and For Society. The project is part of two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Academic Dictionaries of the Bulgarian Language and Electronic Language Resources and Tools for Their Processing.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Bulgarian-Polish Lexical Parallels. Bilateral project with the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. D. Blagoeva, Ph.D. Period: 2012 – 2014. Participants: Assoc. Prof. D. Blagoeva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D.; Prof. S. Koeva, Ph.D. (Department of Computational Linguistics); Prof. A. Choleva, Ph.D. (Department of Applied Onomastics); Assoc. Prof. R. Stancheva, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Bulgarian Language); Assist. Prof. T. Georgieva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Kostova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. A. Atanasova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. E. Petkova, Ph.D. (Department of Terminology and Terminography); Assist. Prof. M. Vlahova, Ph.D. (Department of Applied Onomastics).
2. Slavic lexicography at the beginning of 21st century. Bilateral project with the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Czech Academy of Sciences. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D. Period: 2014-2016. Participants: Assoc. Prof. D. Blagoeva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. T. Georgieva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Kostova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. A. Atanasova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. H. Deykova, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Etymology); Assist. Prof. M. Garova (Department of Bulgarian Etymology); Assist. Prof. D. Borisova (Department of Bulgarian Etymology); Assist. Prof. D. Kolev.
3. Computer-assisted approaches to lexicography for Slovak and Bulgarian dictionaries and reference sources. Bilateral project with the Institute of Linguistics L. Stur at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Principal investigator: Assist. Prof. V. Stoykova, Ph.D. Period: 2012 – 2014 г. Participants: Assist. Prof. V. Stoykova, Ph.D; Assist. Prof. E. Petkova, Ph.D. (Department of Terminology and Terminography).
4. Bulgarian-Slovak Dictionary. Bilateral project with the Institute of Slavic Studies Jan Stanislav at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Participant: Assist. Prof. N. Kostova, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014.

 

 

Presentation of the results: research papers, review articles, a vocabulary of Bulgarian-X(language) bilingual dictionary, Bulgarian-Slovak Dictionary, lexical databases of neologisms, phraseologisms, synonyms, antonyms.

 

 

V. Language e-Resources and Tools for Their Processing (Bulgarian Wordnet and Bulgarian FrameNet)
Department of Computational Linguistics
Period: 2014 – 2016
Type of the project: collective, multi-year
Funding: Budgetary (BAS), bilateral project with the Romanian Academy
Principal investigator: Prof. S. Koeva, Ph.D.
Participants: Prof. S. Koeva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. T. Dimitrova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. S. Leseva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. M. Todorova, Assist. Prof. H. Kukova, Assist. Prof. B. Rizov

 

 

Abstract:
The Bulgarian Wordnet (BulNet) is a lexical semantic network of Bulgarian which consists of synonym sets linked via different types of relations (hyperonymy and hyponymy; holonymy; cause and effect; interlingual indexes; etc.). Properties of the relations arise from the universal properties that link objects, events, and their attributes. The Bulgarian FrameNet is also a semantic network that encodes the relations of lexical items to abstract semantic structures (the so-called semantic frames) and describes the syntactic and lexical-semantic combinatorial restrictions on their use illustrated by semantically and syntactically annotated examples.
One of the main objectives of the project is to extend the Bulgarian Wordnet (BulNet) with new synsets (currently, BulNet consists of app. 51,000 synsets) and their relations, and to expand the Bulgarian FrameNet with new lexical units with their respective abstract semantic description and specific combinatorial semantic and syntactic restrictions. The project involves theoretical research on lexical composition and grammatical structure of the Bulgarian language as well as implementation of the results in: advanced search and retrieval of information according to users’ profiles; automatic summarisation of documents in administration, media and libraries; automatic categorisation of documents in different thematic areas; etc.
The research topics, applicability, and scientific and social impact of the project meet the priorities set in the National Strategy of Scientific Research until 2020 and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. The project is interdisciplinary and combines research in semantic and syntactic structure of Bulgarian with development of software tools and applications for optimisation of linguistic work and natural language processing. The project envisages a wide variety of applications with social and cultural impact and application potential. Lexical semantic networks and processing tools are accessible through META-SHARE portal of the Network of Excellence META-NET, whose members include nearly 70 research centres from 34 countries (http: //metashare.ibl. bas.bg). The project is part of two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Theoretical Linguistics and Electronic Language Resources and Tools for Their Processing.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Language e-Resources and Processing Tools (BulNet and FrameNet). Collective project. Participants: Prof. S. Koeva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. T. Dimitrova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. S. Leseva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. M. Todorova, Assist. Prof. H. Kukova, Assist. Prof. B. Rizov. Period: 2014-2016
2. From lexical-semantic networks to knowledge databases: enrichment of the Bulgarian and Romanian wordnets with morpho-semantic information. Collective bilateral project with the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the Romanian Academy. Principal investigator: Assist. Prof. S. Leseva, Ph.D. Participants: Ph.D., Assist. Prof. T. Dimitrova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. S. Leseva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. M. Todorova, Assist. Prof. H. Kukova, Assist. Prof. B. Rizov. Period: 2012-2014

Presentation of the results: multilingual lexical semantic networks, a collection of theoretical research papers and review articles, natural language processing tools.

 

 

VI. The Bulgarian National Corpus
Department of Computational Linguistics, Department of Bulgarian Lexicology and Lexicography
Period: 2014 – 2016
Type of the project: collective, multi-year
Funding: budgetary (BAS), bilateral project with the Czech Academy of Sciences; a project funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund
Principal investigators: Prof. Svetla Koeva, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D.
Participants: Prof. Svetla Koeva, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. D. Blagoeva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. T. Dimitrova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. S. Leseva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. T. Georgieva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. N. Kostova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. A. Atanasova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. M. Todorova, Assist. Prof. H. Kukova, Assist. Prof. B. Rizov

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims to develop further the Bulgarian National Corpus (BulNC) by expanding its contents and improving its representativeness, balance and accessibility for linguistic research and lexicographic work on the vocabulary of the Bulgarian language.
For the purposes of further expansion of BulNC (including the parallel multilingual corpora that are part of the corpus), the team works on web search and automatic identification and collection of relevant documents. An important direction in improving the BulNC is the construction of a model of taxonomic classification for organising the documents to allow collection and classification of new types of texts and easy restructuring of the corpus. The automatic linguistic annotation of BulNC is an ongoing task. For the purposes of lexicographic research, the project employs a methodology for selecting corpus samples to be used in the search engine for different lexicographic tasks (//search.dcl.bas.bg). The project focuses also on improving the opportunities for extraction of specialised monolingual and multilingual corpora.
Research topics, applicability, and scientific and social impact of the project meet the priorities set in the National Strategy of Scientific Research to 2020 and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. The work on expanding BulNC and improving its accessibility is interdisciplinary and combines methods of linguistics and computational linguistics, lexicography and corpus linguistics, and others. The resources and applications support the development of socially oriented software solutions and technologies for summarisation of large documents in administration, media and libraries, automatic search for relevant documents in any given area, translation aids; a system of linguistic rules to develop applications for support of people with hearing disabilities; etc. The project is part of two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Theoretical Linguistics and Electronic Language Resources and Tools for Their Processing.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Bulgarian National Corpus. Collective project. Participants: Prof. Svetla Koeva, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Sia Kolkovska, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. D. Blagoeva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. T. Dimitrova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. S. Leseva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. T. Georgieva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. N. Kostova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. A. Atanasova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. M. Todorova, Assist. Prof. H. Kukova, Assist. Prof. B. Rizov. Period: 2014-2016
2. Automatic identification of named entities in Bulgarian and Czech. Collective bilateral project with the Institute for Czech Language at the Czech Academy of Sciences. Principal investigator: Assist. Prof. T. Dimitrova, Ph.D. Participants: Prof. S. Koeva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. T. Dimitrova, Ph.D. Period: 2014-2016

 

Presentation of the results: annotated corpus of Bulgarian, annotated multilingual parallel corpus, search engine, scientific publications.

 

 

VII. Study and Publication of Written Monuments from 9th-18th century as Evidence of the Bulgarian Cultural and Historical Heritage and National Identity
Department of History of Bulgarian Language
Period: 2012 – 2014
Project type: Collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS)
Principal Investigator: Prof. M. Tsibranska-Kostova, Dr.Sci.
Participants: Prof. M. Tsibranska-Kostova, Dr.Sci., Prof. Elka Mircheva, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. I. Karachorova, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Y. Miltenov, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. G. Mitrinov, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. V, Micheva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. L. Stefova, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. A. Manoleva

 

 

Abstract:
The project focuses on the systematic investigation and publication of written monuments that reflect the historical development of the Bulgarian language over the centuries. The research employs modern methods and tools for preservation and promotion of the written heritage (phototype and facsimile reproductions, digitisation, electronic publication and advertising, critical and diplomatic editions, scholarly research). The project is in accordance with the traditional tasks of Palaeoslavistics and Bulgarian studies – reconstruction of the diachronic development of Bulgarian as a Slavic, Balkan and European language according to the monuments and documents from the Middle Ages, Bulgarian Revival and Modern Times (such as the earliest Glagolitic and Cyrillic manuscripts, the earliest monuments attesting the modern Bulgarian language, epigraphic materials, scholars’ notes). The main objective of the project involves tracing down the evidence of the evolution of Bulgarian by observing the changes in graphics, phonetics, morphology, syntax, and lexical semantics, employing innovative ethnolinguistic, anthropological, semiotic, and cultural approaches.
The project meets the priorities of the National Strategy of Scientific Research to 2020 and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. It contributes to the study of the Bulgarian cultural and national identity in the context of the preservation of the EU cultural diversity. The project is part of the priority area for research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Sources for the History of the Bulgarian language.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. The Old Testament as Source for the History of Legislation. An individual project of Prof. M. Tsibranska Kostova, Dr.Sci. Period: 2012 – 2014
2. The New-Source Collections and Turnovo Literary Centre of the Pre-Euthymius Period. An individual project of Prof. E. Mircheva, Ph.D.. Period: 2012 – 2014
3. The Description of the World in the Language of Damaskins. An individual project of Assist. Prof. V. Micheva, Ph.D. Period: 2012 – 2014
4. Linguistic properties of the Raykov Damaskin. An individual project of Assist. Prof. L. Stefova, Ph.D. Period: 2012 – 2014
5. Boyana Psalter – a Middle Bulgarian Monument of 13th c. Study and Publication. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. I. Karachorova, Ph.D. Period: 2012 – 2014
6. The Preslav Text Collections: Sources, Composition, Relations to Other Texts, Textual Criticism. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. Y. Miltenov, Ph.D. Period: 2012 – 2014
7. The Bulgarian Church and Historical Heritage in the Western Thrace, and Districts of Dram and Syar. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. G. Mitrinov, Ph.D. Period: 2012 – 2014
8. Web site on the study of Bulgarian language from 10th to 19th c. (abcdar.com). An individual project of Assist. Prof. A. Manoleva. Period: 2012 – 2014

 

Presentation of the results: publications – research papers, review articles, and monographs.

 

 

VIII. Language and Culture in the Age of Globalisation
Department of History of Bulgarian Language, Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography, Department of Ethnolinguistics
Period: 2012–2014
Project type: collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS), bilateral project with the Russian Academy of Sciences
Principal Investigators: Prof. E. Mircheva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D.
Participants: Prof. E. Mircheva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D. (Department of Ethnolinguistics); Prof. M. Tsibanska, Dr.Sci.; Assoc. Prof. I. Karachorova,Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. G. Mitrinov, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Y. Miltenov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. V. Micheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. L. Stefova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. A. Manoleva; Assoc. Prof. M. Vitanova, Ph.D. (Department of Ethnolinguistics); Assist. Prof. K. Micheva, Ph.D. (Department of Ethnolinguistics); Assist. Prof. I. Kirilova, Ph.D. (Department of Ethnolinguistics); Assoc. Prof. P. Legurska (Department of Ethnolinguistics); Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography); Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography); Assoc. Prof. L. Vasileva, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography); Assoc. Prof. A. Kocheva, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography); Assist. Prof. K. Parvanov, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography); Assist. Prof. I. Garavalova, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography); Assist. M. Koteva (Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography)

 

 

Abstract:
The project is an ongoing long-term cooperation of the Institute for Bulgarian Language at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Bulgarian team works on three subtopics: Slavonic manuscripts and old printed books: linguistic aspects, textual criticism, cultural anthropology; Cultural identity in a Globalising world; Change of the lexical type in the Rhodope macro-dialect system.
The research is focused on mediaeval written monuments, different aspects of the complex relationship between language, ethnicity, and culture, and ongoing changes in the Bulgarian dialects. The results will shed light on unexplored issues in Bulgarian studies. The methodology follows the latest developments in Slavic and Bulgarian scholarly literature, while the complex philological approach successfully supports the cognitive method that is relatively new for the Bulgarian linguistics. Various research topics are linked via the objective of investigating the Bulgarian cultural heritage and preserving the Bulgarian national identity, which are among the main objectives set in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (priority field of Excellent Science), and the National Strategy of Scientific Research to 2020 which also emphasizes the study of cultural heritage. The project is part of two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Cultural and Historical Linguistic Heritage of Bulgaria and Sources for the History of the Bulgarian Language.

 

 

Subtopics:
Department of History of Bulgarian Language: Slavic Manuscripts and Old Printed Books – Linguistic, Textual, and Cultural Apsects
1. Legal Collection Nomos Mosaicos in the Russian and Southern Slavic Literary Production. A project of Prof. M. Tsibranska-Kostova, Dr.Sci.
2. Linguistic and Translation Schools in the Old Bulgarian Literary Tradition (Traditional Ideas and Current Research). A project of Prof. E. Mircheva, Ph.D.
3. Daily Prayers by Cyril of Turaw in Bulgarian Book Depositories. A project of Assoc. Prof. I. Karachorova, Ph.D.
4. The Episode of The Miracle of Sfugato from the Damaskin Sermon on the Tortures and Wonders of St. George in the Raykov Damaskin. A project of Assoc. Prof. G. Mitrinov, Ph.D.
5. Linguistic and Cultural Concepts of Above and Below in the Language of Damaskins. A project of Assist. Prof. V. Micheva, Ph.D.
6. The Old Bulgarian Translations: Adaptation of the Byzantine Texts and Reproduction in a New Tradition. A project of Assoc. Prof. Y. Miltenov, Ph.D.
7. Verbal and Nominal Church Slavonic Lexica in the Raykov Damaskin. A project of Assist. Prof. L. Stefova, Ph.D.
8. On an Unknown Manuscript from the Kotel Literary Center – № 583 from the manuscript collection of the Museum of National Revival – Varna. A project of Assist. Prof. A. Manoleva.

 

 

Department of Ethnolinguistics: Cultural Identity in a Globalising World
1. Bad Weather in the Bulgarian Folklore Calendar. A project of Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D.
2. Health and Illness in Dialect and Phraseology. A project of Assoc. Prof. M. Vitanova, Ph.D.
3. Evil Powers in the Bulgarian Apocrypha Prayers. A project of Assist. Prof. K. Micheva, Ph.D.
4. The Concept of Heart in the World according to Bulgarian Paremia. A project of Assist. Prof. I. Kirilova, Ph.D.
5. National Lexica, Globalisation and Translation. Realia in Y. Yovkov’s Stories and Their Translations in Russian. A project of Assoc. Prof. P. Legurska, Ph.D.

 

 

Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic GeographyL Change in the Lexica Type in the Rhodope Macro-Dialect System. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D. Participants: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Vasileva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. A. Kocheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Parvanov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Garavalova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Koteva.

 

Presentation of the results: research papers and review articles.

 

 

IX. Ethnolinguistic Studies
Department of Ethnolinguistics
Period: 2014–2016
Project type: collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS)
Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D.
Participants: Assoc. Prof. M. Vitanova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Kirilova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Micheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Nikolova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. V. Micheva, Ph.D. (Department of History of Bulgarian Language); Assist. Prof. A. Lazarova, Assist. Prof. I. Panchev, Ph.D. (Department of Contrastive and General Linguistics); Assoc. Prof. N. Pavlova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Z. Barbolova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Paskalev, Ph.D. (Department of Modern Bulgarian Language)

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims at revealing some aspects of the Bulgarian national identity within the initiative of supporting the cultural diversity in Europe and Bulgaria in a world attesting the change towards intelligent societies.
The project is focused on ethnolinguistic lexicography, e-databases (archives and bibliographies), and theoretical research. Ethnolinguistic lexicographical products are part of the Institute’s mission for preservation of the Bulgarian and European cultural heritage. Theoretical studies deal with key concepts of Bulgarian culture (such as home, family, work, mind, stupidity, freedom). The purpose is to outline stereotypes and language specific lexical concepts related to the national life and culture drawing upon different sources (archival, lexicographical, damaskins, paremia, questionnaire material). Furthermore, the project focuses on binary oppositions (pure vs. impure, local/national vs. foreign, good vs. bad), the language of Bulgarian folklore and fiction, Bulgarian anthroponyms.
The research is of interdisciplinary nature and employs cognitive, diachronic, synchronous, comparative, contrastive and other methods.
The project can be useful for educational institutions that offer courses for linguists, ethnologists, anthropologists, etc. The main objectives are in line with the National Strategy of Scientific Research to 2020 which emphasizes on the preservation of cultural heritage. The project is part of the priority area of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Cultural and Historical Linguistic Heritage of Bulgaria.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Ethnolinguistic Dictionary of Bulgarian Folk Medicine. Collective project. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. M. Vitanova, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2016. Participants: Assoc. Prof. M. Vitanova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Kirilova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Micheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Nikolova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. V. Micheva, Ph.D. (Department of History of Bulgarian Language); Assist. Prof. A. Lazarova.
2. Language. Ethnicity. Culture. Collective project. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2015
2.1. Annotated Bibliography in Ethnolinguistics (2000-2010). Collective project. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014. Participants: Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. M. Vitanova, Ph.D.;Assist. Prof. I. Kirilova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Micheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Nikolova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Panchev, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. A. Lazarova.
2.2. Concepts of home, freedom, and work in Bulgarian. Collective project. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D. Period: 2014-2015. Participants: Assoc. Prof. M. Kitanova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. M. Vitanova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Micheva, Ph.D.
2.3. Derivational Analysis of Turkish-Bulgarian Hybrid Words. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. Z. Barbolova, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014
2.4. Ethnolinguistic Analysis of Personal Names Referring to Animal and Bird in the Bulgarian Anthroponymy. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. Z. Barbolova, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2015
2.5. Plants in Bulgarian Folklore. An individual project of Assist. Prof. N. Nikolova, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014
2.6. Semantic opposition pure vs. impure in mediaeval Bulgarian Literature. An individual project of Assist. Prof. K. Micheva, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014
2.7. The Concept of Mind in the Bulgarian Representation of the World. An individual project of Assist. Prof. I. Kirilova, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014
3. Ethnic Culture and the National Communication Style. Collective project. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. N. Pavlova, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2016
3.1 Bulgarian Cultural Scenario and Verbal Behaviour. Collective project. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. N. Pavlova, Ph.D. Participants: Assoc. Prof. N. Pavlova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. Z. Barbolova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Paskalev, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. A. Lazarova. Period: 2014-2016
3.2. Functional, Pragmatic, Linguistic and Cultural Aspects of the Name Addressing in Bulgarian Language. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. N. Pavlova, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2016

Presentation of the results: Ethnolinguistic dictionary, monographs, research papers and review articles, annotated bibliography.

 

 

X. Dialect Atlases
Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography
Period: 2014-2016 г.
Project type: collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS), bilateral project with the Romanian Academy
Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D.
Participants: Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Vasileva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. A. Kocheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Parvanov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Garavalova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Koteva; Assoc. Prof. M. Troeva, Ph.D. (external collaborator); Assoc. Prof. E. Kyaeva, Ph.D. (external collaborator).

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims at studying and describing the linguistic features of Bulgarian dialects using comparative analysis with dialects of other European languages. The methods of linguistic geography are used for the preparation of dialectal maps that show the development of dialects in historical and comparative synchronous context, and present evidence about the origin of the Bulgarian language and its subsequent dialect division, as well as the contacts between Slavic and Balkan languages and other languages in Europe. The project is related to the study and preservation of the linguistic and cultural heritage of Europe and those related to Slavic languages. The results include linguistic maps of names of entities and language objects that are characteristic of the culture of European and Slavic people and reflect their historical development, common events and elements and specific components of national identity. The project supports the opportunities for expanding contacts in cultural and public life and for improving education. The project has a positive impact not only for the collaboration of Bulgarian scientists with European researchers, but also helps the integration of Bulgaria within science and culture. The Bulgarian team provides language material about Bulgarian dialects, prepares reports for the dialectal features and the etymology of words, compiles dialect maps, papers, review articles, etc.
The project is compliant with the guidelines of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, and in particular with the priorities Excellent Science and Societal Challenges. The project is a part of two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Cultural and Historical Linguistic Heritage of Bulgaria and Theoretical Linguistics.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. The European Linguistic Atlas. Period: 2014-2016. Collective bilateral project with the Institute of Linguistics Iorgu Iordan – A. Rosetti at the Romanian Academy. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D. Participants: Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. A. Kocheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Garavalova, Ph.D.
2. The Slavic Linguistic Atlas. Period: 2012-2014. Collective, bilateral project. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D. Participants: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Vasileva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Parvanov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Koteva; Assist. Prof. H. Deykova, Ph.D. (Department of Bulgarian Etymology); Assoc. Prof. M. Troeva, Ph.D. (external collaborator); Assoc. Prof. E. Kyaeva, Ph.D. (external collaborator).

 

Presentation of the results: linguistic maps and publications of the Bulgarian materials; publications of comparative data and research.

 

 

XI. Research on Bulgarian Dialect At Different Linguistic Levels
Department of Bulgarian Dialectology and Linguistic Geography
Period: 2014–2016
Type of the project: Collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS), a project funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund
Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D.
Participants: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Vasileva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. A. Kocheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Parvanov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Garavalova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Koteva

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims at studying the Bulgarian dialects across the Bulgarian language continuum (and outside the state borders) at the level of phonology, morphology, vocabulary, etc., and in connection with other languages in Europe at dialect and socio-linguistic level. The project applies descriptive, diachronic, synchronous, contrastive, sociolinguistic, statistical, etc. methods, accompanied by modern approaches of collection, processing, preservation, presentation and visualisation of the language material. Observations on the current state of dialects include levelling contrastive dialect features, linguistic convergence and functions of the modern mesolects.
The project meets the priorities of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and specifically Excellent Science and Societal Challenges. The project is a part of two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Cultural and Historical Linguistic Heritage of Bulgaria and Theoretical Linguistics.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Electronic Model of Comparative Study of Dialects of Bulgarian and Slovenian Language. Collective bilateral project with the Department of Slovenian Studies at the University of Ljubljana. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D. Period 2012-2014. Participants: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Vasileva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. A. Kocheva, Ph.D.
2. The Bulgarian Dialect Dictionary. Collective project. Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2015. Participants: Assoc. Prof. S. Keremidchieva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. L. Vasileva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. A. Kocheva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. K. Parvanov, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. I. Garavalova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Koteva
3. Studying Bulgarian Dialects from the Macedonia, Albania and Northern Greece. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. L. Antonova, Ph.D. Period: 2014–2016
4. Bulgarian Community in Austria – Linguistic, Ethological and Folklore Study. International project. Assoc. Prof. A. Kocheva, Ph.D. Period: 2014–2016

 

Presentation of the results: dictionaries, monographs, research papers, review articles, thematic studies.

 

 

XII. The Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary
Department of Bulgarian Etymology
Period: 2014–2016
Type of the project: collective, multi-year
Funding: budgetary (BAS) and a bilateral project with the Polish Academy of Sciences
Principal investigator: Assist. Prof. H. Deykova, Ph.D.
Participants: Assist. Prof. H. Deykova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Garova; Assist. Prof. K. Fuchedzhieva; Assist. Prof. D. Borisova.

 

 

Abstract:
The Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary (BED) is the only academic dictionary representing the etymology of Bulgarian vocabulary from the entire Bulgarian linguistic territory. BED contains explanatory entries on many words of Slavic and other origin, while revealing the links of the Bulgarian language and the Bulgarian people with other languages and peoples, including Slavic, Balkan, and Indo-European, from ancient times until today. The etymological study sheds light on the genesis of the Bulgarian people, its material and spiritual culture and history throughout the centuries.
The etymology of many words are given in BED for the first time, while others are amended. Thus, the etymological study of the Bulgarian language contributes to the current rise of the etymological studies in Slavic and European countries and worldwide.
The objectives and results of the project are directly related to the study and preservation of the Bulgarian cultural heritage as one of the priority areas of the National Strategy of Scientific Research to 2020 (EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020). BED is important both for its fundamental theoretical and applied scientific value and is used by researchers in the humanities, and by different educational and cultural institutions. It supports the development of the humanities (as fundamental knowledge about the Bulgarian language and people) which has a key role in the educational strategies implemented in schools and universities to improve the quality of higher education as one of the priorities of the National Development Program to 2020. The multi-volume edition meets the priority area of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Academic Dictionaries of Bulgarian Language.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. The Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary. Participants: Assist. Prof. H. Deykova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Garova; Assist. Prof. K. Fuchedzhieva; Assist. Prof. D. Borisova. Period: 2014-2016
2. Historical and Typological Study of the Vocabulary of Bulgarian and Polish Language (words beginning with Х-/СН-/). Collective bilateral project with the Institute for Slavic Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Principal investigator. Assist. Prof. H. Deykova. Period: 2012-2014. Participants: Assist. Prof. H. Deykova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. M. Garova; Assist. Prof. D. Borisova.

 

Presentation of the results: Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary (next volumes); research papers and review articles.

 

 

XIII. Toponymy in Western Bulgaria – Places of National Identity
Department of Applied Onomastics
Period: 2014–2016
Type of the project: Collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS)
Principal investigator: Prof. A. Choleva, Ph.D.
Participants: Prof. A. Choleva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. N. Dancheva, Ph.D., Assist. Prof. M. Vlahova, Ph.D.; Prof. V. Raynov, Dr.Sci. (external collaborator)

 

 

Abstract:
The main objective of the project is to study the toponymy as evidence of the Bulgarian cultural heritage. The project involves collection and description of toponyms and the study of their patterns. Western Bulgaria offers significant data on toponyms which provide valuable historical evidence about the Bulgarian national identity. The comparative analysis of the microtoponyms (extracted from the data collected between North-Western and South-Western Bulgaria) allows the team to draw conclusions about the stratigraphy of the toponyms to determine the onomastic and topographical layers and present evidence about the ancient origins of the toponyms and ethnogenesis of the Bulgarian people.
Alongside the onomastic research, the team continues the work on the Electronic Database of Bulgarian Toponyms. The first phase of the project involved launching the strategy and infrastructure of the database that contains names of places, villages and water bodies in the districts of the territory of Bulgaria in its current borders. The database contains approximately 70,000 names of geographical objects in Western and Southern Bulgaria. Further expansion of the database envisages inclusion of new toponyms (up to 100,000 in total) and continuing the work started during the first stage, including: study of the etymology of geographical names; analysing, editing and systematising the data; identification of the semantic motivation for naming certain geographic entities; processing the microtoponyms; linking the database with Google Earth.
The project is in line with the National Strategy of Scientific Research to 2020, and its priority area concerning the study and preservation of Bulgarian cultural heritage. The project is a part of two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Theoretical Linguistics and Cultural and Historical Linguistic Heritage of Bulgaria.

 

Presentation of the results: research papers, review articles, database of Bulgarian toponyms.

 

 

XIV. The Contemporary System of Bulgarian Anthroponyms (Trends in Personal Names in Bulgaria)
Department of Applied Onomastics
Period: 2013–2015
Type of the project: Collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS)
Principal investigator: Prof. A. Choleva, Ph.D.
Participants: Prof. A. Choleva, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. N. Dancheva, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. B. Yanev, Ph.D.

 

 

Abstract:
The project aims at researching approximately 18,000 personal names given to newborns in the biggest cities in Bulgaria – Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna, as well as in some towns and smaller settlements. The research plan involves analysis of the names given to newborns in the previous year and preparation of an Updated Bulletin of the Current State of the Bulgarian System of Anthroponyms. The collected names are subjected to statistical analysis in order to draw some conclusions on the traditions and changes in the motivation of parents naming their newborns. The study uses etymological, comparative and statistical methods.
The study focuses on the analysis of anthroponyms collected in smaller towns (in Sofia Province, Plovdiv Province, etc.). Comparative analysis is applied to collect and interpret the information about the system of the Bulgarian personal names. The team has the opportunity to compare names and naming practices in the bigger cities with those in towns and smaller settlements.
The study discusses a broad range of issues of the public and private life in Bulgaria, and contributes to anthroponymy, sociology, history and culture. The origin and meaning of personal names can be certified by the Department.
The project meets the priority section of study on the cultural heritage set in the National Strategy of Scientific Research to 2020. The project is a part of two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Theoretical Linguistics and Cultural and Historical Linguistic Heritage of Bulgaria.

 

Presentation of the results: research papers and review articles, Bulletin of the Current State of the Bulgarian System of Anthroponyms.

 

 

XV. Language. The Individual. Society.
Department of General and Contrastive Linguistics
Period: 2012–2015
Type of the project: collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS)
Principal investigators: Prof. M. Stamenov, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. S. Pitkevich, Ph.D.
Participants: Prof. M. Stamenov, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. S. Pitkevich, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. A. Pachev, Ph.D.

 

 

Abstract:
The project is focused on the study of theoretical linguistic problems, which are essential for researching the Bulgarian language at contemporary theoretical and methodological level. The main objective is to identify and analyse certain phenomena in general and theoretical linguistics, cognitive science and sociology of language to support the development of a theoretical framework for the linguistic study in Bulgaria. Thus, the main tasks of the project involve expanding the theoretical basis of the study of Bulgarian language and revealing links to related and unrelated languages. The methodology falls within the contemporary paradigms in linguistics, and relates to trends in areas such as philosophy of language, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Expected results envisage adaptation of the latest guidelines of research and development into an adequate theoretical framework for linguistic research.
The project is consistent with the strategic documents of the scientific policy of the Republic of Bulgaria, in particular the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and its strategic objectives for the period 2014-2020. In connection with the National Strategy for Research and Development to 2020, the project aims at improving the quality of linguistic knowledge, cognitive science and philosophy of language and at supporting the integration into the European Research Area with respect to using modern methodology. Special attention is paid to the synergy between the fundamental science and research oriented towards the maintenance and enhancement of the the national cultural heritage. The project is consistent with the guidelines of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, with regards to promoting excellence in science and innovation through cross-disciplinary knowledge and the use of diverse methodology. The project is a part of the priority area of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Theoretical Linguistics.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Language Policy. Language Planning. Language Management (Theory and Praxis). An individual project of Assoc. Prof. A. Pachev, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014
2. Language, Cognitive Structure and the Structure of Consciousness. An individual project of Prof. M. Stamenov, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014
3. Language and Grammar (Philosophy of Language, Linguistic Philosophy, Philosophy of Grammar). An individual project of Assoc. Prof. S. Pitkevich, Ph.D. Period: 2012-2014
4. The Myth about Autonomous Linguistic Study. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. S. Pitkevich, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2015
5. Pragmatics on Loan (On the Character of the Language Generating Personal and Interpersonal Communication in the Context of Using Fixed Lexica and Exclamations that are Ottoman Turkish Borrowings in Bulgarian). An individual project of Prof. M. Stamenov, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2015
6. Continuity and Innovation in the Concept of Society in Sociolinguistics. An individual project of Assoc. Prof. A. Pachev, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2015

 

Presentation of the results: monographs, research papers and review articles.

 

 

XVI. Contrastive Typological Aspects of Lexical Studies in Related and Unrelated Languages (on Material of Bulgarian, Russian and Hebrew). Linguistic Evidence of National Identity (on Contrastive Material)
Department of General and Contrastive Linguistics
Period: 2013–2015
Type of the project: Collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS)
Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. P. Legurska, Ph.D.
Participants: Assoc. Prof. P. Legurska, Ph.D.; Prof. M. Almaleh, Dr.Sci.; Assist. Prof. I. Panchev, Ph.D.

 

 

Abstract:
The project focuses on three problems of the comparative study of Bulgarian, Russian and Hebrew vocabulary while discussing theoretical and practical issues in contrastive lexicology, comparative cultural studies and linguistics. The project aims at outlining comparative and typological features of the languages especially with respect to lexical, syntactic, grammatical and other phenomena. The study comparatively discusses crosslanguage symmetry and asymmetry with respect to the original text and its translation into Bulgarian to reveal the linguistic and cultural dynamics as reflected in the concepts of the studied languages.
Comparative and typological studies of Bulgarian language in relation to other languages are an essential part of the linguistic research in Bulgaria within the National Strategy of Scientific Research to 2020. Thus, they are part of the priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and its strategic objectives for the period 2014-2020. These studies are consistent with the mission of the Institute for Bulgarian language which aims at systematic study and description of the lexical and grammatical system of Bulgarian in comparison to those of other languages, as well as at supporting the Bulgarian national identity in the context of the promotion of cultural diversity in Europe and Bulgaria, in the dynamic world of inclusive, innovative and knowledge-based societies.
The theoretical results are of interest to the academic audience, and the practical work can be applied in internships and student practices for graduate and postgraduate students. The project is associated with the priority area of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Theoretical Linguistics.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Studies of the national specifics (on contrastive material of Bulgarian and Russian). An individual project of Assoc. Prof. P. Legurska, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2015
2. Language and national specifics of cultures – Hebrew and Indo-European Old Testament. An individual project of Prof. M. Almaleh, Dr.Sci. Period: 2013-2015
3. Home (Family), Study, Work (Leisure) and other similar concepts in Bulgarian language. An individual project of Assist. Prof. I. Panchev, Ph.D. Period: 2013-2015

 

Presentation of the results: research papers and review articles.

 

 

XVII. Practical Work in Terminology. Dictionary of Ecological Terms.
Department of Terminology and Terminography
Period: 2011–2014
Type of the project: Collective
Funding: Budgetary (BAS)
Principal investigator: Assoc. Prof. M. Simeonova, Ph.D.
Participants: Assoc. Prof. M. Simeonova, Ph.D.; Assist. Prof. E. Petkova, Ph.D.; A. Christova, K. Simeonova

 

 

Abstract:
The Dictionary of Ecological Terms is an independent volume that is a part of a series of terminological dictionaries. The three volumes published so far – dictionaries of terms in life sciences, humanities and social and political science – have drawn the attention of specialists in the respective fields. The dictionaries present the meaning of terms and reflect the system relations both within each area and across subject areas (internal and external system). They implement the results of theoretical studies on the meaning and content of terms, conceptual and semantic consistency in terminology, and lexical, semantic and formal variability. Each term entry gives a definition, brief encyclopaedic information, and classification category.
The project aims to support terminological practice of specialists in various scientific fields as well as students, journalists and other citizens to ensure accuracy and uniformity in professional communication. The project also aims at compiling glossaries and dictionaries (e.g., in ecology) by collecting relevant terms and supplying definitions and additional information.
The project uses various approaches and methods – a systematic approach, a combination of a semasiological and a onomasiological approach; a (basic) synchronous, as well as a diachronic approach; and the comparative approach. The strategy uses the cognitive method, case grammar and component analysis, and other specific methods and procedures.
The project is consistent with one of the main priorities of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 – Excellent Science and the objective of Science With and For Society to meet the need for practical information on issues related to terminology in various fields of knowledge. The project is a part of the two priority areas of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language – Academic Dictionaries of Bulgarian Language and Language Culture.

 

Presentation of the results: terminological dictionaries.

 

 

XVIII. Theory of Bulgarian Terminology
Department of Terminology and Terminography
Period: 2011–2014
Type of the project: Collective
Funding: budgetary (BAS)
Principal investigator: Corr. Member M. Popova, Dr.Sci.
Participants: A. Christova, K. Simeonova

 

 

Abstracts:
The project follows the guidelines in terminology – general terminological theory, identification of properties of Bulgarian terminology and their cognitive, conceptual and linguistic aspects. Theoretical research in the field provides the methodological foundation for the development of specific terminology in science, social and public life, politics and education.The project aims to support the compilation of terminology and practical work with terminology in all scientific and professional areas.
The studies conducted within the project are consistent with the main priorities of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 – the objective Excellent Science and the specific objective of Science With and For Society, through providing theoretical and methodological background for the development of specific terminology in science, social and public life, politics, and education to support accuracy and uniformity in professional communication in different fields of knowledge. The project is a part of the priority area of research at the Institute for Bulgarian Language dealing with Theoretical Linguistics.

 

 

Subtopics:
1. Development of Bulgarian philosophical terminology in the translational theological literature (10th – 14th c.). An individual project of A. Christova. Period: 2011-2014
2. Terminological nominative practice in modern Bulgarian public and political terminology. An individual project of K. Simeonova. Period: 2011-2014

 

Presentation of the results: monographs

 

 

The Research Plan is ratified by the Scientific Council of the Institute for Bulgarian Language on 13/04/2014 (Protocol № 4/13/03/2014).