Quatrain / Couplet of Basel: Example of a Plea for Gifts Cover Image

Bazelio ketureilis / dvieilis – dovanų prašymo pavyzdys
Quatrain / Couplet of Basel: Example of a Plea for Gifts

Author(s): Ilja Lemeškin
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Lexis, Baltic Languages, Theory of Literature
Published by: Lietuvių Kalbos Institutas
Keywords: Prussian couplet / quatrain of Basel; Christmas carols; plea for gifts;

Summary/Abstract: The article can be considered a continuity of research initiated by Diego Ardoino in 2012 as it expands the relationship between a colophon and a Prussian text in yet a different respect. The inscription in the Prussian language is understood as a piece of singing or recitative folklore (quatrain), which is very akin to Christmas carols (and other calendar pieces of the house-to house visiting ritual). Both a figure of a bowing man (with a stretched hand) and a German note, which, together with the Prussian inscription, make a peculiar continuity of the colophon, can be associated with the context of Christmas carolling and pleading for gifts. It supports the previous assumption that the re-writer who transcribed the work by Nicola Oresme was Prussian. The author proposes a slightly different linguistic interpretation of the Prussian text.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 69
  • Page Range: 11-29
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Lithuanian