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Original scientific paper

Tangled Curses

Marijana Tomelić Ćurlin ; Odsjek za hrvatski jezik i književnost Filozofskog fakulteta u Splitu, Split, Hrvatska
Anita Runjić-Stoilova orcid id orcid.org/0000-0001-5060-2083 ; Odsjek za hrvatski jezik i književnost Filozofskog fakulteta u Splitu, Split, Hrvatska


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Abstract

This article examines curse, a specific form of oral tradition present in various cultures, used to invoke a supernatural power to inflict evil, harm, injury or punishment upon another person. Basing the analysis on the curses collected from the written legacy of Vlado Surjan, field research carried out on the Peljesac peninsula in 2005, and a story Saplele je njezine kletve, told by Rina Tomelic, the authors have classified these authentic verbal expressions according to their main topic (eg. illness, death, greed, devil etc.), since many of them overlap thematically. Although miniature in form, these linguistic nutshells display a wealth of motifs and poetic expressions. A glossary of dialectal forms is appended.

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65535

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