2019. № 1 (19), 184-190

Institute of Slavistics (University of Debrecen)


This paper studies the neology of Venedikt Erofeev whose works are distinguished by their pointedly fragmented language and lexical innovations. As part of our analysis we list new varieties of words, ways of their creation and use in «Notes of a Psychopath». А. Молнар 190 Reinterpretation of the pre-existing expressions of literary language is also studied. Our approach is based on the writings of such well-known linguists as A.A. Potebnya, V.P. Grigor’ev, G.O. Vinokur, V.V. Vinogradov. The analysis of methods and forms of innovation reflection conducted on this material allows to draw conclusions about the possibilities of replenishing the lexicon of the Russian language with its own and borrowed resources. Phonetic repeat of “r” becomes the index of both colloquial or “drunken” speech as well literariness. In addition, we note that the observed forms of borrowed foreign words and anglicisms in the composition of neologisms due to their functions of shaping expressiveness and «cult» as well as exposing stamps, both reproduce typical techniques of the beginning of the 20th century, and foreshadow a characteristic trend in the usage of the Russian language at the beginning of the 21st century. Thus, Erofeev manifests the relationship between eruption and word-fornication as a form of mastering classical and modernist literature.