Part-of-Speech Affiliation of Pre-christian Personal Names

  • Anna VasilevaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 907)


All personal names have certain characteristics distinctive of nouns. However in some cases (particularly well reflected in non-calendar names) other parts of speech serve as anthropo-stems. Functioning of verbs and adjectives as personal names is a characteristic feature of Turkic onomastikons; particularly, anthroponyms (personal names, surnames, and nicknames). The article focuses on 1210 anthroponymic units (namely, their anthropo-stems) analyzed from the perspective of their part-of-speech affiliation in the system of Yakut language. The compiled corpus is based on the name-list of pre-Christian Yakut personal names by the historian F.G. Safronov. The analysis resulted in the following data on the Yakut personal names’ part-of-speech affiliation: 433 verbal anthropo-stems, 254 adjectival anthropo-stems, 467 noun anthropo-stems, and 32 units with other parts of speech (adverbial, numeral, onomatopoeic). The remaining 24 units are represented by complex names, the analysis of which lies outside of the scope of this study. Therefore, although the number of noun anthropo-stems in pre-Christian anthroponymicon prevails, the number of names formed from other parts of speech (verbs and adjective) is still significant enough, which in its turn reflects the old-Turkic tradition of naming.


Anthroponyms Yakut language Naming Parts of speech 


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  1. 1.North-Eastern Federal UniversityYakutskRussian Federation

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