Old Russian Birchbark Letters: A Pragmatic Approach.

Dekker, Simeon (2018). Old Russian Birchbark Letters: A Pragmatic Approach. Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics: Vol. 42. Leiden/Boston: Brill/Rodopi

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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.

Item Type:

Book (Monograph)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Slavic Languages and Literatures

UniBE Contributor:

Dekker, Simeon

Subjects:

400 Language > 490 Other languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 890 Other literatures

ISSN:

0169-0124

ISBN:

978-90-04-36238-3

Series:

Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics

Publisher:

Brill/Rodopi

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simeon Dekker

Date Deposited:

09 May 2018 10:36

Last Modified:

09 May 2018 10:36

Uncontrolled Keywords:

philology; historical pragmatics; orality; literacy; corpus linguistics; medieval; Slavic; epistolarity

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/112609

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