Here you can find the publications that have been produced within the framework of the CRC 1475.

With the working paper series Metaphor Papers we created an online, open-access publication format for initial findings, co-authored discussions, and interdisciplinary perspectives in the study of religious metaphors.

Under the following link, you will find the publications of the series:

Further Publications

Subproject B01

Dipper, Stefanie/Schultz-Balluff, Simone

ReM für Mediävist*innen. Perspektiven des Referenzkorpus Mittelhochdeutsch (1050–1350) für germanistisch-mediävistische Fragestellungen

in: Lienert, Elisabeth/Hamm, Joachim/Hausmann, Albrecht/Viehhauser, Gabriel (Hrsg.): Digitale Mediävistik. Perspektiven der Digital Humanities für die Altgermanistik, Oldenburg 2022 (BmE Themenheft 11), S.137–159 (online).

In diesem Beitrag wollen wir illustrieren, wie die historischen Referenzkorpora für germanistisch-mediävistische Fragestellungen genutzt werden können. Wir tun dies anhand von drei beispielhaften Fragestellungen, für die wir das Referenzkorpus Mittelhochdeutsch auswerten: (i) Merkmalszuschreibung über Attribuierungen der Personennamen; (ii) Personifizierung; (iii) Metaphorisierung. Der Beitrag zeigt, wie das Referenzkorpus Mittelhochdeutsch und seine Annotationen (Lemma, Wortart) mit dem Korpussuchtool ANNIS durchsucht werden kann und wie die entsprechenden Treffer auch quantitativ ausgewertet werden können.


Guest Researchers

Biriukov, Dmitry / Gravin, Artyom

Palamism, Humboldtianism, and Magicism in Pavel Florensky’s Philosophy of Language

in: Religions 2023, 14(2), 197;

This article analyzes the evolution of Pavel Florensky’s teachings about language from the end of the 1910s to the early 1920s in the context of the two lines of influence (Humboldtian–Potebnian and Palamite) on the basis of which this teaching developed. In his reasoning about language, Florensky, proceeding from intuition, declares that there is a rigid connection between the word’s sound/phoneme; its morpheme, etymon, and sememe (the given here and now meaning); and its denotate. According to Florensky, this points to the magicism of the word as such. At the beginning of the 1910s, Florensky, having become a participant in the name-glorifying debates, also adhered to the line presupposing a rigid connection between the word’s sound (the name, which is applied to God), its meaning, and its denotate. All these lines converged in Florensky’s thoughts on the nature of language in the late 1910s and the early 1920s. He turned again to the Humboldtian–Potebnian language scheme but rethought it, speaking of the intentionally charged sememe as the word’s inner form. In texts written in the late 1910s and the early 1920s, we single out two aspects of the understanding of the magicism of the word which were key for Florensky, namely the aspect revealed in the discourse of the independent and autonomous existence of words and names and the aspect presupposing the intentionally willed moment in the phenomenon of the magicism of the word.