By Orrin W. Robinson
Grimm Language addresses a couple of concerns within the Grimms’ fairy stories from a (Germanic) linguist’s perspective. In sections facing the Grimms’ use of neighborhood dialect fabric, numerous grammatical buildings, and particular nouns and adjectives of their Children’s and loved ones Tales, the writer argues that the Grimms have been consciously or unconsciously following a few ambitions. those incorporated reinforcing the general Germanic impact of the stories (though we now understand that lots of them had French inspiration), notable the best stability among archaic and colloquial language to reach at an awesome narrative kind for what used to be arguably a brand new style, and selling or no less than reflecting stereotypes about the right roles for girls and boys. The booklet can be of curiosity not just to these attracted to fairy stories, and the Grimms’ specifically, but additionally extra as a rule to these drawn to the intersection among linguistics and literary scholarship.
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Overall, it seems clear that the Grimms try to capture the dialect flavor of the dialogue without worrying much about detailed linguistic accuracy. I’ll give the cake to the cat. The cat will catch me some mice, The mice I’ll hang up in the smoke, And I’ll cut them up. In this game they stood in a circle, and on whomever the word “cut” landed, he had to run away, and the others ran after him and caught him. 12. Strike out in the name of all Swabians, – Otherwise I would wish that you might be lame.
Cf. Haas (1990: 3–5), who also notices this, and quotes Wilhelm in the introduction to the 2nd edition as finding the dialect of Kassel to be too much a mixture of High and Low German to be directly used in their KHM. This of course cannot explain the leaving out of all Central German dialects, and as a reason seems inconsistent with the inclusion of “The Hare’s Bride,” discussed further below. . Numbers 68, 91, 96, 113, 126, 137, 138, 139, 140, 143, KL 3. . The three daughters went under the tree every day and observed whether the wind had knocked an apple down, but they never found any, and the tree stayed so full that it threatened to break, and the branches hung down to the ground.
In Chapters 7 through 11, then, I treat the Grimms’ exploitation of different grammatical categories to further tale-telling aims more character-oriented than those discussed in Chapters 3 through 6. In Chapter 7 I discuss principally the nouns that they use, or don’t use, or get rid of, for their young male and female characters (who form a significant majority of their protagonists). Although in Chapter 7 I treat already the kinds of adjectives typically applied to these nouns, in Chapters 8 through 10 the adjectives are central, and the questions have to do with their significant properties, such as which adjectives are compatible with, or even predict, which other adjectives; what types of people or objects they are applied to; and whether the gender of a person so characterized actually affects the meaning of the adjective.