"Wenn Du mein Bruder bist,...": Interaktion und Textgestaltung in altababylonischen Alltagsbriefen

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BRILL, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Among cuneiform texts, only letters address directly a concrete historical person. Letters being texts composed and used in everyday verbal interaction, they replace direct communication. This specific situational context provokes basic questions such as: from the point of view of the ancient letter writer, what are the conventionally possible ways of expressing the intentions of the sender? And from the modern researcher's standpoint, how can we detect the 'tone' of a given letter? This study focuses neither on the facts represented and the persons communicating nor on the system of the language, but is rather concerned with the specific, rule-governed use of language in interaction. The method employed is a combination of the philological treatment of the texts with questions and insights from linguistic pragmatics, discourse analysis, and text linguistics. The book concentrates on the corpus of Old Babylonian letters from Mesopotamia. The topics treated include: address behaviour, i.e. use and interdependence of term of address, greeting, and form of address of the verb; the stucture and the basic function of an Old Babylonian letter; the polite speech acts of gratitude and of asking a favour; rational argumentation in everyday verbal interaction.
 

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Contents

DIE KOMMUNIKATIONSFORM BRIEF
9
Kontakt und Beziehung
21
ADRESSE UND GRUSS
29
ANREDE UND HÖFLICHKEITSFORM
49
GRUSSFORMELN UND GRÜSSEN IM BRIEF
74
GESTALTEN DES KONTAKTES UND DES DIALOGS
92
DANKEN
110
Textstruktur und Textfunktion
129
EIN GRUNDMUSTER ALTBABYLONISCHER ALLTAGSBRIEFE
137
DAS PROBLEM DER BRIEFSCHREIBÜBUNGEN
149
Argumentation
213
EINE ÜBERSICHT ÜBER ARGUMENTATION IN ALTBABYLONISCHEN BRIEFEN
226
RÜCKBLICK UND AUSBLICK
256
Bibliographie
265
Indizes
277
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