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  • Author or Editor: Назарий Назаров x
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The aim of the present study is to show that the poetic language of Slovo o polku Igorevě can be traced back to the common Indo-European poetic thesaurus. The study focuses on the hymn-like fragments of the Slovo: Yaroslavna’s lament and Sviatoslav’s golden word. The novelty of the approach is the special attention to the sequences of morphemes in the texts that can be distinguished as reflections of the Indo-European hymn (besides Slovo’s fragments, also Ukrainian folklore texts, Homeric prayers, Homeric hymns, Orphic hymns, and Old Latin charms were analyzed). The grammatical comparison showed that each compositional part of the hymns has its own characteristic morphological features of common Indo-European origin. Furthermore, morphological devices are chained in series that are stable and function as base for the composition of the hymn. The use of morphological formants should have been determined by oral tradition because from the range of semantically close formants of a distinctive language only one is chosen, cognates of which are used in other analyzed traditions. It leads to the conclusion that orality and authenticity of the Slovo’s hymn-like fragments are supported by the common Indo-European morphological chains.

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