Proskurina A.V. Eschatological Expectations in the Early Christian Anglo-Saxon Tradition


Anna V. Proskurina

Candidate of Sciences (Philology), Associate Professor, Department of Foreign
Languages, Novosibirsk State Technical University

Prosp. Karla Marksa, 20, 630073 Novosibirsk, Russia

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Abstract. This article is devoted to the problem of interdisciplinary study of linguacultural transfer based on the material of the Old English poem Judgment Day (I), included in the Exeter manuscript dating back to the 10 th century, considered in the aspect of eschatological expectations in the early Christian Anglo-Saxon tradition. The comprehensive understanding of the end of the world, as shown in the work, is reflected already in the early written tradition. The reference to natural disasters, which lead to the apocalypse, is inherently characteristic of Christian texts. Linguacultural transfer is understood in this article as the transfer of information in time, which is considered in two ways: the momentary transfer of information is communication, while handing the information down the generations is a transfer. The article deals with the issues of information transfer in time and space. As an example of rethinking the values of one culture in the tradition of another, the author cites the memetic theory of religion. The article also shows that the theory of linguacultural transfer can be considered and described from the standpoint of cultural matrices, as well as memes (and memetic complexes). The author emphasizes that the vitality of religious beliefs is precisely due to the linguacultural transfer of information within one generation or through the generations.

Key words: Old English poem Judgment Day (I), Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, communication, linguacultural transfer, interdisciplinary approach.

Citation. Proskurina A.V. Eschatological Expectations in the Early Christian Anglo-Saxon Tradition. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2. Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2022, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 95-109. (in Russian). DOI:

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