‘The wickede secte of Saracenys’ – Lexico-semantic means of strengthening the English Christian Self in texts from the Middle English period
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Keywords

Christians
historical semantics
historio-pragmatics
identity
Middle English
misbelievers
Saracens
stereotypes

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Kirner-Ludwig, M. . (2021). ‘The wickede secte of Saracenys’ – Lexico-semantic means of strengthening the English Christian Self in texts from the Middle English period. SELIM. Journal of the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature., 26(1), 57-84. https://doi.org/10.17811/selim.26.2021.57-84

Abstract

This paper focuses on the conceptual category of the Saracen as portrayed in medieval English texts, and the semantic potentials of lexical units used to refer to this ethnic and religious out-group. On the basis of references gathered from broader contexts provided by the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, both the frequency of usage of relevant referring expressions will be looked into. From a historio-pragmatic perspective, it shall be shown that the selected samples present one of many strategies used to strengthen the image of the Christian self by systematically decomposing the image of the ‘misbelieving’ other by means of lexical choice.

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