Studia Anglica Posnaniensia: international review of English Studies

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2-3, January-July

Between Habits of the Heart and Copulation of Cliches: Some Popular American Stories, Mores and Shibboleths
ABSTRACT From the very beginning, all manner of ideas, concepts and conceits have been advanced to explain America and Americans - as much to themselves as to others. The paper presents a historical-literary compilation of popular notions of 'Americanness'...
Iconicizing Kingship in Elizabethan England: Strategic Acting by Queen Elizabeth I
ABSTRACT Renaissance England is often discussed in the context of theatre and theatrical acting. The fact is that Renaissance monarchs, too, viewed kingship in terms of theatrical display and public performance. Such is the nature of royalty presented...
Long Lexical Bundles and Standardisation in Historical Legal Texts
ABSTRACT Standardisation on the level of text is visible in the employment of stable and fixed expressions for a specific textual purpose. When gauging the extent of standardisation in texts, one of the parameters which should be taken into consideration...
Margaret Fuller's Conversations: Speaking as Revision and Feminist Resistance
ABSTRACT Conversation as a means to social, intellectual, and spiritual self-culture was advocated during the American Romantic period by members of the Transcendental movement. Margaret Fuller was a transcendental conversationalist who challenged...
Pseudo-Archaic English: The Modern Perception and Interpretation of the Linguistic Past
ABSTRACT This paper introduces a new project currently in its planning stages. (1) It is dedicated to pseudoarchaic English, an area in linguistic studies which has so far hardly received any academic attention. After providing some historical examples...
The Development of Learner Autonomy through Internet Resources and Its Impact on English Language Attainment
ABSTRACT Since the arrival of the Internet and its tools, computer technology has become of considerable significance to both teachers and students, and it is an obvious resource for foreign language teaching and learning. The paper presents the...
The Holy and the Unholy in Chaucer's Squire's Tale
ABSTRACT As Richard Kieckhefer once noticed, "the holy" and "the unholy" were interlocking phenomena in the medieval culture. Such a perspective on religion and magic may, indeed, be seen in possible sources of Chaucer's Squire's tale, John Carpini's...
The Middle English Suffix -Ish: Reasons for Decline in Productivity
ABSTRACT The aim of the present paper is to investigate the reasons for the significant decline in both the frequency and productivity of the suffix -ish in Middle English. The major factors responsible seem to be the growing popularity of the of...
Where Boys, Girls and Children Come From
ABSTRACT The etymology of three very frequent English words child, girl and boy has been notoriously obscure because researchers have failed to pay attention to possible Slavic influence. This article is aimed at rectifying this major oversight...
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