Practices of Citation in Pre-modern Informational Texts

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Habermann M
Journal: Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik
Publication year: 2019
Volume: 47
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 102-136
ISSN: 0301-3294


The article deals with formal and functional aspects of reported speech in printed natural history texts from the late Middle Ages to the early modern period from a pragmatic point of view. The topos of authority played a crucial role in medieval and early modern non-fictional literature and served to legitimize the knowledge offered by the author. Originally, direct or indirect citation proved knowledge of the authorities, a means by which the author claimed the truth for his statements. In the course of time, direct and indirect speech in scientific texts became more and more a formal and functional tool for positioning one's own way of thinking in opposition to other opinions.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Habermann, Mechthild Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft

How to cite

Habermann, M. (2019). Practices of Citation in Pre-modern Informational Texts. Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik, 47(1), 102-136.

Habermann, Mechthild. "Practices of Citation in Pre-modern Informational Texts." Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik 47.1 (2019): 102-136.


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