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Contrastive Ethnolinguistic Features of Rosa Canina Phitonyms

Anyla Saraçi Maxhe, Robert Damo


The linguistic ethnobotany may include primitive and modern information and methods to survey and describe the life through plant names. The Albanian culture is very rich in wild vegetation elements that are used as food, medicine, and handicraft materials. So the study of the area and the relations between plants and the Albanian traditional folk culture make up an indispensable contribution to the development of agriculture and the identification of the national identity. The paper deals with the four variants Rosa canina phytonym detected in Devoll and Korça area. Based on the contrastive linguistic insight of this plant name between some Balkan Slavic languages and Albanian we concluded that there are some close semantic and lexical parallels. In this frame, the study of linguistic features of Rosa canina phytonym, and in a larger perspective even the other plant names can offer the important information for their widespread and usefulness. This study is a possibility to extend these kinds of studies in Albania, especially in the south.

Keywords: ethnobotany, linguistic features, plant names, etymology, Rosa canina.

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