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.
|Translated title of the contribution||Witchcraft trial records as community and identity forming discourses|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Aug 2015|