The Indo-European Voice of Barbarians


In our essay we shall focus on the analyses (cum grano salis) of a limited number of words from the introductory pages of the novel Barbarians (such as gorgan, grui, crap, fală, sfadă, etc.). Here, more than elsewhere the author makes use of a good amount of rather strange words in his stylistic attempt to conceive the realm of the Dacians. We shall make an analysis of the etymology of these rather uncommon words as designated in Vinereanu's Etymological Dictionary of Romanian Language (2008) (unlike the traditional Romanian dictionaries, a different vision). From the (probable) linguistic discrepancies and stylistic preferences, findings will be drawn and novelties will be suggested, concerned with Romanian language and culture.

Author Biographies

Lucian Vasile Bâgiu, "1 Decembrie 1918" University, Alba Iulia

Lucian Vasile Bâgiu is an assistant lecturer at “1 Decembrie 1918” University from Alba Iulia, ever since 2003. PhD in Philology magna cum laude, 2006, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca. Member of Romanian Writers’ Union from the same year. Lecturer of Romanian language at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (2008-2011), Charles University in Prague (2012-2013), Lund University (2014-2017). Journal manager of Swedish Journal of Romanian Studies, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University (as of October 2016). Author of several books on literary criticism, fiction and language. Among these:

Introduction in the Study of Romanian Language. A textbook for foreign students, Aeternitas, Alba Iulia, 2018

Despre Sebastian, Sorescu, Dosoftei, Derrida și limba română / On Sebastian, Sorescu, Dosoftei, Derrida and Romanian language (Iași, TipoMoldova, 2016, award for monograph ex aequo, Romanian Writers’ Union, Alba-Hunedoara branch)

Lucian Blaga și teatrul. Eseu despre absolutul estetic / Lucian Blaga and the Theater. An Essay on the Aesthetic Absolute (Iași, TipoMoldova, 2014, award for essay, Romanian Writers’ Union, Alba-Hunedoara branch)

Valeriu Anania. Scriitorul / Valeriu Anania. The Writer (Cluj-Napoca, Limes, 2006, award for criticism and literary history, Romanian Writers’ Union, Alba-Hunedoara branch)

Sânziana în Lumea Poveștilor / Sânziana in the World of Fairy-Tales (Iași, TipoMoldova, 2015).

Bestiar. Salată orientală cu universitari închipuiţi / Bestiary. Oriental Salad with Imaginary/Peacock Aacademics (București, Cartea Românească, 2008)

Paraschiva Bâgiu, "Scufița Roșie" Kindergarten, Alba Iulia

BA in Romanian-French language and literature, University from Bucharest. MA in Romanian literature in European context, “1 Decembrie 1918” University from Alba Iulia. Teacher for pre-school, first degree, “Little Red Riding Hood” Kindergarten, Alba Iulia. Took part in several International Conferences in Lisbon, Prague, Paris, Budapest, Venice, Târgu Mureș, and Alba Iulia, with essays on Romanian literature.


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How to Cite
Bâgiu, L. V., & Bâgiu, P. (2018). The Indo-European Voice of Barbarians. Swedish Journal of Romanian Studies, 1(1), 169-178.