Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 6(3), pp. 113 - 119
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060302
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The Semantics and Perception of ME Happiness in The Canterbury Tales

Agnieszka Wawrzyniak *
Department of English Studies, The Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Adam Mickiewicz University, Kalisz, Poland


The aim of the paper is to focus on the conceptual construal of ME happiness in The Canterbury Tales in order to reconstruct the culture in Chaucer's world. The analysis is based on The Canterbury Tales (The British Library Copies edited by Barbara Bordalejo). The paper will refer to the etymology of the lexemes that constituted the concept of mediaeval happiness as well as to their semantic similarities and differences. Furthermore, the attempt is also to juxtapose Middle English and Present Day English concepts of HAPPINESS thereby reflecting on two distinct cultures and hence on two distinct worldviews. In my study I will refer to works by Wierzbicka (1991, 1992) in an attempt to recreate world out of words (Bartmiński and Tokarski 1993).

Happiness, Mediaeval, Ideology, Culture, Concept

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Agnieszka Wawrzyniak (2018). The Semantics and Perception of ME Happiness in The Canterbury Tales. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 6 , 113 - 119. doi: 10.13189/lls.2018.060302.