Structural and semantic peculiarities of anglo-saxon land charters (IX-XI с.)

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Vesntik TSU. Philology. 2013

Structural and semantic peculiarities of anglo-saxon land charters (IX-XI с.)

About the authors:

Tatyana Y. Belonogova,
Assistant, English Philology Department, Institute for Humanities, Tyumen State University

Natalia V. Drozhashchikh, Dr. Sci. (Philol.), Head of the Department of English Philology and Translation Studies, Tyumen State University;


The article is devoted to the analysis of structural and semantic peculiarities of Anglo-Saxon land charters of the IX-XI c. The early official documents of the Anglo-Saxon period evolved through hybridization of religious, legal and administrative discourses. The dominance of Latin contributes to the elements of religious moralizing discourse in the Anglo-Saxon charters. The standardized elements of legal and administrative character gradually prevailed, thus indicating the development of a specialized sphere of institutional discourse. The system of standardized features such as prescriptive nature, precision, standartization, non-personal character marks the emergence of the official document within the field of institutional communication closely connected with morality, culture and law as the dominant moral standards of the epoch.


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