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Речь героев и «я»-повествование в средневерхненемецком героическом эпосе

Epic Middle High German poetry is a sample of written language based on oral tradition. Such literary works can play an important role in addressing the issue of reconstruction of some features that are natural for medieval oral speech. To investigate these features, of particular concern is direct speech of characters and first-person storytelling.

There are three primary aims of this study: 1. To explore aspects of direct speech of epic characters. 2. To examine the role and functions of direct speech in the text. 3. To investigate the relationship between direct speech of characters and first-person storytelling. This study uses a qualitative approach. Data for this study was the Middle High German epic poem Nibelungenlied.

The current study found that direct speech of characters in the Nibelungenlied has three layers: the layer of oral tradition, the layer of oral speech of the 12th-13th centuries, and the layer of written language.