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Zwischenzeiten, Zwischenräume, Zwischenspiele

Buchcover Zwischenzeiten, Zwischenräume, Zwischenspiele

Ergebnisse des Arbeitstreffens des Jungen Forums Slavistische Literaturwissenschaft 2017 in Hamburg

Dieser Sammelband präsentiert die Beiträge des 15. Treffens des Jungen Forums Slavistische Literaturwissenschaft (JFSL), das 2017 an der Universität Hamburg stattfand. Der Band bietet entlang der thematischen Leitbegriffe Zwischenzeiten, Zwischenräume, Zwischenspiele eine Momentaufnahme der aktuellsten Forschung von Nachwuchswissenschaftler/innen der deutschsprachigen slavistischen Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft. Die transgressiven Beziehungen von Literatur und Politik, Text und Medium, Identität und Kultur werden in den Beiträgen aus verschiedenen slavischen Literaturen unter vielfältigen methodischen Ansätzen sowie in breiter zeitlicher und räumlicher Auffächerung untersucht.

Dutch Contributions to the Sixteenth International Congress of Slavists. Linguistics (2018)

Buchcover Dutch Contributions to the Sixteenth International Congress of Slavists. Linguistics

Volume editors: Egbert Fortuin, Peter Houtzagers, and Janneke Kalsbeek.

Every five years, on the occasion of the International Congress of Slavists, a volume appears that presents a comprehensive overview of current Slavic linguistic research in the Netherlands. Like its predecessors, the present collection covers a variety of topics: Bulgarian and Polish aspectology (Barentsen, Genis), Slavic historical linguistics (Kortlandt, Vermeer), pragmatics of tense usage in Old Russian (Dekker), dialect description (Houtzagers), L2 acquisition (Tribushinina & Mak), Russian foreigners’ speech imitation (Peeters & Arkema), corpus-based semantics (Fortuin & Davids) and theoretical work on negation (Keijsper, Van Helden). As can be seen from this list, the majority of the contributions in this peer-reviewed volume displays the data-oriented tradition of Dutch Slavic linguistics, but studies of a more theoretical nature are also represented.

Communicative heterogeneity in novgorod birchbark letters: A case study into the use of imperative subjects

Buchcover Communicative heterogeneity in novgorod birchbark letters

Author: Simeon Dekker

This article first introduces ‘communicatively heterogeneous’ texts from the corpus of Old Rus-sian birchbark letters, in which a switch of author or addressee occurs. Next, it describes in what cases a second person pronoun is used as an imperative subject in Old Russian. Two uses can be distinguished, viz. ‘contrastive’ and ‘pragmatic’. The nature of communicatively heterogeneous texts suggests that they would license a contrastive use of imperative subjects; after all, the switch from one addressee to another is an obvious contrast. In some cases, this hypothesis comes true; in combination with a vocative, the imperative subject is considered to be a cohesive device. In other cases, however, an imperative subject is absent. But how can textual coherence be attained there without cohesion? It is pointed out that letters were often intended to be performed in an oral setting, i.e. read out aloud by the letter-bearer, which makes the use of explicit referential devices redundant. Instead of a cohesive device, the letter’s oral performance is relied on to signal a switch of addressee. Studying the use of imperative subjects can thus contribute to a broader understanding of the nature and role of birchbark letters in connection with their referential or-ganisation.