The Semiotics of Fate, Death, and the Soul in Germanic Culture: The Christianization of Old Saxon (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #50) (Hardcover)

The Semiotics of Fate, Death, and the Soul in Germanic Culture: The Christianization of Old Saxon (Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics #50) By Irmengard Rauch (Editor), Prisca Augustyn Cover Image
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This is book number 50 in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series.

Description


The ninth-century Old Saxon Heliand gospel yields seminal sets of words for fate and the self that paint the cultural background into which Christianity was introduced. The Heliand contains robust mythopoetic links to an Indo-European tradition, which were conducive to the synthesis of ancient mythological scenarios with the dogma of the immortal soul. Peirce's semiotic informs the linguistic analysis and promotes the ethnophilosophical description of the formation of belief, while the linguistic data inform the cultural analysis and substantiate the different levels of description in the semiotic paradigm. Through the combination of historical linguistic analysis and semiotic analysis, the development of fundamental beliefs is described and a continuity is established between early Germanic beliefs and modern beliefs, advancing the understanding and description of intellectual history and the evolution of meaning.

About the Author


The Author: Prisca Augustyn is Assistant Professor of German and Linguistics in the Department of Languages and Linguistics at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. She received an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Georgia, Athens, and a Ph.D. in Germanic linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780820452777
ISBN-10: 0820452777
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: January 29th, 2002
Pages: 198
Language: English
Series: Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics