Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition

The site contains 181 samples of natural village speech, recorded by the authors of the site over the last quarter-century in 68 different Bulgarian villages. Each text is a well-formed chunk of discourse which not only illustrates salient features of the dialect but also conveys valuable information about traditional cultures. 

These samples are presented as audio files, transcribed in both Latin and Cyrillic, and translated into English. Texts are annotated at three different levels, and the website is set up to allow searches of the data at all three levels.

Data entry is still ongoing but is sufficiently far along to make the site useful to scholars and others interested in dialectology and traditional culture. When data entry is complete the site will be augmented by prose descriptions of each individual dialect, prose commentaries on the individual texts, and an index of thematic content.

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