IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 303: Problems of Linguistic Usage in the Late Medieval and Early Modern City: The Case of Augsburg

Monday 9 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft
Organiser:Freimut Löser, Abteilung Deutsche Sprache & Literatur des Mittelalters, Universität Augsburg
Moderator/Chair:Stephan Elspaß, Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Augsburg
Paper 303-aMeans of Language Structuring in Late Medieval German Franciscan Convent Regulations
(Language: English)
Nikolay Bondarko, Akademie St Petersburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Social History
Paper 303-bHistory of Language 'From Below': Is It Possible for the Late Medieval and Early Modern City?
(Language: English)
Helmut Graser, Abteilung Deutsche Sprache und Literatur des Mittelalters, Universität Augsburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Social History
Paper 303-cNon-professional Writers in the Late Medieval and Early Modern City and their Social Context
(Language: English)
Ann Tlusty, Department of History, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Women’s Studies
Abstract

This session will analyse convent regulations, court cases, petitions, pasquils, derogatory songs, and various odd scraps and notices in the archives, part of which have never have been taken into consideration by either linguists or social historians, in order to examine usage of the vernacular in a major German city from the 13th through 17th centuries. How were 13th century prescriptive prose texts shaped and structured? Is it possible to get at everyday city life and the voices of ordinary townspeople by analysing their written record? The session will provide a necessary corrective to the idealised images of the city in myth and literature.