Author: Tanya Neycheva
Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv
Published in: Slavyanski dialozi, XVI, 2019, 23

Abstract: Тhe present article makes an attempt to identify the specifics in the use of dual forms in the late Church-Slavonic. The material was excerpted from four confessional texts published between 1707 and 1741. The author puts forward a working hypothesis that a stricter adherence to the norm or freer use of dual forms is directly dependent on the prestige of the genre and ultimately on its belonging to one of the two designated functional areas: the liturgical or Russian variety of the Church Slavonic language. The results of the analysis show that, on the one hand, the texts under consideration do indeed outline a formal distinction between the two named varieties, but on the other, one of the representatives of the more “prestigious” genre demonstrates much more free use of the norm than the representative of the “lower” genre.

Key words: Church Slavonic, liturgical variety, Russian variety, dual