LINGUISTIC CREATION OF ROKITNO AND ITS SURROUNDINGS IN THE JAN KAZIMIERZ STECZEWICZ’S WRITING «THE BOTTOMLESS TREASURE OF DIVINE BENEFACTION»

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Abstract


The Jan KazimierzSteczewicz’s text appeared in 1672 and itspurpose was to prove that the supernaturalevents happened because of the imageof Mother of God, located in a parochialtemple in Rokitno. The author, who was amember of the Church committee which wassupposed to prove the miracularity of theimage, was realising given obligation i.e.creating Rokitno and its surroundings asthe bipolar opposition. In the central spotof described area, he put the locality that isthe most important in terms of Catholic faithleading it through the areas that, accordingto his observations, were contaminated byheretics’ activities. Amongst the opposingterms, the massive part consists of a set ofepithets and constructions which positivelyvaluate Rokitno, location of the temple, andthe image. One of the most often used measures is locating the church on the hill, indicatedrepeatedly, what in creation of thelocation is crucial considering the culturalmeaning of the mountain. The positive infl uenceof the image is enhanced by the widedescriptions of the divine events and creating,in many different manners, the nominalconstructions of Mother of God. The authorsupplements his observations regardingRokitno and its surroundings by the usageof the stereotypical semantics perception oflight and darkness, applying diminutives,metaphors, and parallels that are close tofolk perception.

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