The Axiospher of the Sjæl "soul" in Danish Discourse

Show simple item record Levisen, Carsten 2017-12-16T13:41:39Z 2017-12-16T13:41:39Z 2017
dc.description.abstract The axiospher of the Sjæl “soul” in Danish discourse Personhood constructs differ across European languages. Some constructs are highly language-specific, others are comparable, such as the whole European class of “soul”-like constructs. These are typically thought of as concepts rooted in religious or quasi-religious discourse, but by European standards, the contemporary Danish concept of sjæl ‘soul’ seems remarkably secular. Utilizing the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach (NSM) to tease out the meaning of sjæl, the paper provides a deep analysis of (i) the semantics of sjæl in contemporary Danish discourse, (ii) the semantics of the Sjæl in Golden Age Danish (1800-1850), and (iii) and a comparison between the two conceptualizations. With evidence from phraseological shifts, corpus pragmatics, and discursive innovations, the paper shows that contemporary Danish sjæl and Golden Age Danish Sjæl differ remarkably. While Sjæl, historically, was a cultural keyword of Danish discourse, the sjæl has been discursively marginalized. However, evidence suggests that sjæl may be on the rise again, at least in certain niches of discourse. The paper argues that the new Danish sjæl is reflective of postmaterialistic, post-protestant sensitivities – a concept related to wellness and happiness.Sjæl is a fragile and weak concept of personhood, dominated by its stronger conceptual counterpart kroppen ‘the body’. Yet, the prominant Golden Age concept of Sjæl still resonates with in a residual conservativism of songs, literatures and memories of the past. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Fundacja Slawistyczna
dc.subject Dusza w aksjosferze − aksjosfera duszy II Międzynarodowa konferencja naukowa z cyklu "Antropologiczno-językowe wizerunki duszy w perspektywie międzykulturowej" − zadanie finansowane w ramach umowy 695/P-DUN/2017 ze środków Ministra Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego przeznaczonych na działalność upowszechniającą naukę
dc.subject aksjosfera
dc.subject axiosphere en_US
dc.subject discourse en_US
dc.subject dyskurs
dc.subject sjæl
dc.subject soul en_US
dc.subject naturalny metajęzyk semantyczny
dc.subject natural semantic metalanguage en_US
dc.subject język duński
dc.subject Danish language en_US
dc.title The Axiospher of the Sjæl "soul" in Danish Discourse en_US

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