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A study of theece word-group, and its use in the Alfredian translations

Treschow, Michael

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  • Title:
    A study of theece word-group, and its use in the Alfredian translations
  • Author / Creator: Treschow, Michael
  • Published: ProQuest Dissertations Publishing
  • Summary: Michael Treschow's doctoral dissertation, A study of the ece word-group, and its use in the Alfredian translations, combines a word study and a literary study. The word-study proceeds in accordance with the principles laid down by the Dictionary of Old English project. It treats the orthography, distribution, and especially the semantics of the words in the ece word-group as they occur throughout the Old English corpus. These words are the adjective ece, the adverb ece, the adjective ecelic, the adverb ecelice, the adjective efenece, the adjective samodece, the noun ecnes, and the noun ecelicnes. The adjective ece and the noun ecnes dominate the function of adjective and adverb (for ecnes occurs almost entirely in an adverbial phrase). The essential sense of ece and its derivatives is of unceasing temporal duration. They do not share the atemporality that the Latin equivalent aeternus sometimes exhibits. As such they apply not only to spiritual entities but also to earthly things such as mountains and property. The semantic study proceeds in accordance with medieval ontological hierarchy, moving from God at the highest to physical things at the lowest, attending also to the ece word-group's ability to equivocate between the spiritual and the earthly. Since these words are used chiefly in edificational discourse a very large portion of their use applies to the state of the soul in the afterlife. Accordingly, they play an important role in expressing the theology of merit where, in a sort of spiritual commerce, a temporary practice achieves an eternal condition. The second part of the dissertation examines the use of the ece word-group in the Alfredian translations. This study seeks to discover the grounds of cohesion amidst the texts that are commonly associated with the Alfredian educational programme: The Pastoral Care, the Boethius, the Soliloquies, the Prose Psalms, the Introduction to the Law Code, the Dialogues, the Orosius, and the Bede. These translations have a perplexing duality in that they are spiritual but are directed toward earthly well-being. Thoughts concerning eternity are an essential feature of their spirituality. On the basis of ece's ability to express a commercial relation between heaven and earth this study proceeds to clarify the duality at work in these translations. It posits that they offer instruction in how to achieve the benefits of eternity for one's earthly realm in such a way as to lead toward eternity's heavenly realm itself.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Ancient Languages ; Literature ; Middle Ages ; Ancient Languages ; Literature ; Middle Ages ; Language, Literature and Linguistics ; English ; Old English
  • Is Part Of: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Identifier: ISBN: 9780315692114 ; ISBN: 0315692111
  • Creation Date: 1991
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