Old Russian birchbark letters : a pragmatic approach / Simeon Dekker.

Author
Dekker, Simeon [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Leiden : Brill, 2018.
Description
1 online resource (220 pages).

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Series
  • Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics 42. [More in this series]
  • Studies in Slavic and general linguistics ; v. 42
Summary note
This study is devoted to a corpus of Old Russian letters, written on pieces of birchbark. These unique texts from Novgorod and surroundings give us an exceptional impression of everyday life in medieval Russian society. In this study, the birchbark letters are addressed from a pragmatic angle. Linguistic parameters are identified that shed light on the degree to which literacy had gained ground in communicative processes. It is demonstrated that the birchbark letters occupy an intermediate position between orality and literacy. On the one hand, oral habits of communication persisted, as reflected in how the birchbark letters are phrased; on the other hand, literate modes of expression emerged, as seen in the development of normative conventions and literate formulae.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Front Matter
  • Copyright Page
  • Preface
  • List of Abbreviations
  • The Field of Study: Berestology
  • The Background: Communicatively Heterogeneous Letters
  • Research Question
  • Theory and Methodology: Pragmaphilology
  • Case Study I: Imperative Subjects
  • Case Study II: Speech Reporting
  • Case Study III: Epistolary Past Tense
  • Case Study IV: Assertive Declarations
  • Conclusions
  • Back Matter
  • Index of Birchbark Letters
  • References.
ISBN
90-04-35320-8
OCLC
1030304572
Doi
  • 10.1163/9789004353206
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