Semantic Interpretations of Proper Names in Literary Translation: Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd Sisters” in Bulgarian


  • Yana Manova-Georgieva South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria



literary onomastics, charactonyms, interpretation, fantasy, translation


Name crafting has been and still is of importance when devising a literary character with certain traits and features that are meant to outstand a character’s personality. Thus, literary names serve as a handy tool in any piece of writing, since they complete their bearers in a discrete, yet a vivid way when given an appropriate name by the author of a piece of writing. As far as fantasy is concerned, the choice of literary names is freer, but still requires more creativity, given the fact that fantasy names can be translated. When rendered from one language into another, names undergo various structural alterations, semantic modulations, or even syntactic reconstructions. Therefore, the current paper aims at analysing literary names in Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novel “Wyrd Sisters” with focus on their rendering into Bulgarian. Etymology and semantic interpretations are to be sought for as well as morphological and syntactic structure of names in both languages of interest in favour of the hypothesis that literary names carry meaning which, when revealed, gives a more concrete idea of a personage in a novel.

Author Biography

Yana Manova-Georgieva, South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Yana Manova-Georgieva is a Chief Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies at the South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Blagoevgrad. Her academic interests and publications are in the field of general and literary onomastics as well as nominative symbolism. She teaches general English, English stylistics, phraseology, British studies, transcription and transliteration. She is the author of a monograph on the topic of names and nicknames in English and Bulgarian 20th century literature.


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How to Cite

Manova-Georgieva, Y. (2022). Semantic Interpretations of Proper Names in Literary Translation: Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd Sisters” in Bulgarian. English Studies at NBU, 8(2), 167–182.