IKBFU's Vestnik

2015 Issue №08

What Saussure wrote/did not write: A half a century discussion on the anagram theory

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This article explores the history of studies into Ferdinand de Saussure’s ideas of anagrams. When Saussure’s notebooks were published in the late 1960s and his drafts in the 1990s, scholars received a wealth of material for in-terpretation going far beyond the initial topic of ancient Indo-European poetry. The paper emphasises the diversity of approaches to Saussure’s ideas — from J. Kristeva’s semiotics to M. Gronas’s mnemotechnical analysis. Over the recent decades, the study of anagrams has rested on the clarification of ter-minology and the promotion of the comparative and interdisciplinary ap-proaches.

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On the content of the Fedoseyan Old Believers’ Menologia

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This article is the first attempt at an examination of the Menologium from the collection of the Voynovsky monastery. A comparative analysis of the content of different editions of church calendars made it possible to draw sev-eral conclusions. The principles of church calendar formation by the Fedosey-ans are identified. The composition of hagioanthroponyms in the Menologium is classified as archaic. Varying spellings of hagioanthroponyms are identified. Differences in the composition of hagioanthroponyms are described alongside the ‘dark places’ in the calendar texts.

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Toponyms as a convolutional cultural linguistic code

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This article considers the coding of linguistic and extralinguistic infor-mation contained in a special class of proper names, namely, toponyms. The article presents new data on the development of the “Toponymy of Russia” information system. Based on the entries relating to Smolensk geographical place names, the author demonstrates the abilities of the electronic resource. The article stresses the need to involve Kaliningrad scholars in the resources expansion.

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