Slovene: soteska / vintgar

Discussion in 'Other Slavic Languages' started by Gavril, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Gavril Senior Member

    English, USA

    How would you distinguish soteska and vintgar from one another?

    It seems as though soteska refers to a broader range of places -- "gorge", "ravine", "canyon" -- than vintgar, but are there any other differences (of size, shape, etc.) between the two?

  2. TriglavNationalPark

    TriglavNationalPark Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
    Slovenian (a.k.a. Slovene)
    I would say that vintgar is, by definition, quite a bit narrower than soteska.

    SSKJ defines soteska as ožja (rečna) dolina z zelo strmimi [...] pobočji, but vintgar as zelo ozka (rečna) dolina s strmimi pobočji.

    Any fairly narrow river valley can be described as soteska, but the term vintgar is reserved for gorges such as Slovenia's well-known Blejski vintgar / Bled Gorge (photos).

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