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Old Russian Birchbark Letters: A Pragmatic Approach

by Simeon Dekker
Format
Book
Published
Leiden ; Boston : Brill Rodopi, [2018]
Language
English
Series
Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics
ISBN
9789004362383, 900436238X
Summary
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.
Description
xix, 200 pages ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Series Statement
Studies in Slavic and general linguistics ; volume 42
Studies in Slavic and general linguistics ; v. 42
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