Heathens, pagans, misbelievers

A lexico-semantic field study and its historio-pragmatic reflections in texts from the English Middle Ages


1. Auflage, 2015
619 Seiten

ISBN: 978-3-8253-6431-1
Sortiment: Buch
Ausgabe: Gebunden
Fachgebiet: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Reihe: Britannica et Americana. 3. Folge, Band: 31
lieferbar: 28.07.2015

Schlagwörter: Altenglisch, Mittelenglisch, Mittellatein, lexikalische Semantik, Heidentum, Historische Pragmatik, Sarazenen, Christianisierung, Wikinker, Lexiko-semantische Wortfelduntersuchung, Ungläubige


This monograph is devoted to the lexico-semantic field representing the conceptual category of the MISBELIEVER as defined by Christians in medieval England. The approach to this complex field combines structural as well as historio-pragmatic tools to shed light on the question in which ways the lexico-semantic inventory was expanded and differentiated over the period from ca. 700 to 1600 AD under the impact of contact scenarios with heterogenous non-Christian groups.

As two representative out-groups of perceived misbelievers, the Scandinavian Vikings and the Saracens have been chosen to undergo a particular contrastive diachronic investigation. The corpus composed for the comprehensive etymological analyses of relevant vocabulary does not only cover Old and Middle English materials, but additionally takes into account medieval Latin and Old/Middle French attestations as influencing factors on the conceptual field of the MISBELIEVER and its lexical representations.