Panagyurishte dialect

The Panagyurishte dialect is a Bulgarian dialect, which is part of the Balkan group of the Eastern Bulgarian dialects. Its range includes the town of Panagyurishte, as well as a number of neighbouring villages. The most significant feature of the dialect, as in all Balkan dialects, is the pronunciation of Old Church Slavonic ѣ (yat) as ʲa or ɛ, depending on the character of the following syllable.

Phonological and morphological characteristics

  • Transition of ʲu into i: клич vs. formal Bulgarian клʲyч
  • Pronunciation of Old Church Slavonic groups ръ/рь and лъ/ль only as ър (ər) and ъл (əl) instead of formal Bulgarian ръ/ър (~ər) and лъ/ъл (~əl) - сълнце vs. formal Bulgarian слънце (sun), кърчма vs. formal Bulgarian кръчма (pub)
  • Hard consonant endings, especially in verbs: молъ instead of formal Bulgarian мол҄ъ [1] (I ask)

Most of the other phonological and morphological characteristics of the Panagyurishte dialect are similar to the general features typical for all Balkan dialects, cf. article.


Стойков, Стойко: Българска диалектология, Акад. изд. "Проф. Марин Дринов", 2006


  1. The diacritic ◌҄ indicates palatalization.

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