Studies in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Sharing minds in panchrony: Chaucer's Fortune and Truth
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Katarzyna StadnikMaria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin
Sharing minds in panchrony: Chaucer’s Fortune and Truth
Abstract. In the paper we investigate the issue of the continuity of imagery in language seen as one channel of cultural transmission, exemplifying the problem with two of Chaucer’s Boethian lyrics, Fortune and Truth. We discuss the poems relative to Boece, the poet’s translation of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. It is argued that the imagery in the two lyrics develops the theme of mutability by entwining classical and Christian elements. This involves reference to the late medieval symbolic tradition. It is suggested that the distinction between the past, present, and future becomes blurred in that the “remembered present” inherent in linguistic and cultural resources emerges as formative for the community’s future conceptual order. In conclusion, it is suggested that a reconsideration of the relation between language, culture, and time may well be necessary so as to allow for the continuity of the collective conceptual order.
Keywords: image, memory carrier, panchrony, situated cognition, (medieval) visual culture
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