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Onimiczne realizacje motywu quest w tekstach fantasy
Onimic Implementations of the Quest Motif in Fantasy Texts

Author(s): Izabela Domaciuk-Czarny
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Western Slavic Languages, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article is concerned with descriptions of fictional worlds through proper names in fantasy texts, in which one of the main motifs is the journey of the characters to places regarded as possible worlds. The reader becomes gradually familiar with the world of the story thanks to the characters performing their roles in this created reality, through the analysis of the quest narrative, characteristic of fantasy texts. This, in turn, is facilitated through description, maps, and onimic practices. Proper names in fantasy texts are usually compounded from comprehensible units, elements of Old Polish and semantically unclear forms alluding to foreign languages (e.g. „Dająca Wzrok” – „Sight Giver”; „Twardokęsek”, „Emhyr var Emreis”). Such varied onomasticon reinforces the egzomimetic space created by the author in the works of epic fantasy.

  • Page Range: 207-218
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish