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Rok Mrvič

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  Rok Mrvič is a folklore studies junior researcher, who focuses his research interests on the broader field of figurative language in the Slovenian folklore system, with particular attention on the use of so-called simple folklore forms, i.e. the shortest texts of the folklore system, which are functionally diverse and a relatively fixed linguistic phenomena. In his doctoral thesis, he investigates the texts and contexts of contemporary Slovenian swear/oath forms as well as the traces of their historical transformations and the relations between folklore genres. Furthermore, he is interested in the study of external influences on the (co-)formation of repertoires of short folklore units, the contemporary transformation of imagery (including folklore motifs) in the metaphorics of everyday communication, the problem of linguistic heritage in mechanisms of intangible cultural heritage and the interdisciplinary intersections of phraseology, paremiology and folklore studies in Slovenian and Slavic environment.

2022 Ivančič Kutin, Barbara, Rok Mrvič, Monika Kropej Telban, eds. Folklorno gradivo iz Tera – 1940. Terenski zapisi Milka Matičetovega. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU.

2022 Mrvič, Rok. Materinščina kot dediščina? Problematika jezikovne dediščine na primeru vpisov v Register nesnovne kulturne dediščine. Traditiones 51 (1): 69–101.

2021 Mrvič, Rok and Špela Zupančič. Tri spletne aplikacije o slovenskih narečjih. Slovenščina 2.0 9 (1): 236–261.

Traditional Paremiological Units in Dialogue with Contemporary Use (research project • 01. september 2020 - 31. august 2023)

Rok Mrvič (1994) attended Slovenian and Russian Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, and finished his MA in 2020. Since 2020, he has been working as a research assistant to Barbara Ivančič Kutin in the field of Slovenian folklore studies at the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). Rok is a Ph.D. student of the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU under the mentorship of Saša Babič. In the academic year 2019/2020, he was awarded the Stanislav Škrabec Institution scholarship, and in the same year, he undertook a study visit to the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Slavic Studies with an Erasmus+ scholarship. In autumn 2022, he completed his second Erasmus+ mobility project when he participated in courses on semiotics of culture at the Department of semiotics at the University of Tartu. He is a member of the Slovene Ethnological Society (SED) and, as a Chairman of the Slavic Society of Posavje, a representative at the Slavic Society of Slovenia (ZDSDS). On an international level, he is a member of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), the International Association for Semiotic Studies (AISS-IAS), the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR), and the International Association of Paremiology (AIP-IAP). In the field of scientific publishing, he is active as a member of the editorial boards of two Slovenian scientific journals, that is of Slavistična revija (Slavic Review Ljubljana) since 2019 and of Traditiones since 2021.

Research areas
Linguistics H350
Folklore H400

folklore studies
semiotics of culture
short folklore genres
cursing and swearing practices
linguistic taboo
ritual language
linguistic heritage