Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 7, 2020, No. 2

The Bulgarian dialect names of the cat

Iliyana Garavalova

Abstract. This article is a result of a series of studies related to a forthcoming linguo-geographical presentation of the topic in the European Linguistic Atlas. It discusses the types of dialect names of the domestic cat (Felis domestica) that are used within the Bulgarian language territory, as well as the semantic basis of the process. The article traces the etymology of the words, analysing their formal paradigms. In addition, it draws parallels between the names of the cat and other real-life entities - objects, plants, etc.

Keywords: dialectology, linguistic geography, dialect lexicology