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A boszorkányperek mint közösség- és identitásképző diskurzusok

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Translated title of the contributionDocuments of witchcraft trials as community and identity
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Magyar Nyelv
Issue number2
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)147-162
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>Other


This paper presents a historical pragmatic analysis of the documents of three witchcraft trials of the early eighteenth century in Borsod County (Hungary). In particular, the author investigates the prosecutor’s own utterances and his interpretation of the witnesses’ testimonies in documents of witchcraft trials as specimens of community and identity forming discourse to see how the prosecutor creates ‘witchcraft’ as a community and ‘witch’ as the culprits’ identity. The paper applies a socio-cognitive model of discursive community and identity formation in analysing the documents of witchcraft trials under discussion