Ворожю кусты from an Old Russian Homily or the Semantic Weight of a Comma
Николай Павлович Антропов
Центр исследований белорусской культуры, языка и литературы НАН Беларуси (Минск)
Published 2015-02-04


Old Russian homilies against paganism
word combination ворожю кусты with and without a comma
its semantics
possibility of lexeme substitution кусты/ куксы

How to Cite

Антропов Николай Павлович (2015) “Ворожю кусты from an Old Russian Homily or the Semantic Weight of a Comma”, Slavistica Vilnensis, 590, pp. 55-62. doi: 10.15388/SlavViln.2014.59.4901.


This paper analyses a fragment of an Old Russian homily from a Corpus of Homilies dating back to 1491. It comprises a word combination “ворожю кусты”, which Alexei Sobolevsky, the first researcher of the text, had separated by a comma, causing a misin terpretation of the fragment. It has been determined that the lexeme кусты found in the Galician-Volhynian Chronicle is unrelated to the one found in the homily. Therefore, this lexeme could be replacing what originally was куксы, appearing as a result of creative copying.


Please read the Copyright Notice in Journal Policy