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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plural of limen.

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Examples

  • Like the Latin word "limina" it describes a threshold - we can't go back and we may not want to go ahead - and it conjures the anxiety that we experience in those moments that require us to intentionally leave our comfort zones behind.

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  • With the limina, the same question works just as well, but we do have a clear notion of what might have happened to focus on, so we can be more specific: "Did X happen?"

    Modality and Hamlet

  • In fact, Shakespeare essentially does create an unresolved limina around the question of Gertrude's involvement in the murder.

    Modality and Hamlet

  • We now have a limina, a visitation that might have actually happened or might have been entirely imagined by a Hamlet on the edge of madness.

    Modality and Hamlet

  • With the unresolved limina of Gertrude's involvement only fuelling his existential crisis, trapped in a tangle of determinacy and authoritative warp, Hamlet has only his affective judgement to fall back.

    Modality and Hamlet

  • Any paraphrase needs to take into account the limina of the as-yet-unread outcome we, as readers, are constructing from our expectations of how the dynamics will play out.

    Modality and Hamlet

  • Actually, with this example of a limina, thinking about it, it seems that we might well prefer the determinacy warp unresolved, the quirk left dewarped.

    Modality and Hamlet

  • You could trace a limina in that, sure, an uncertainty, with that "To be or not to be" speech seen as a weighing of options aimed at establishing the truth (i.e. epistemic actuality) of what he most wants to do.

    Modality and Hamlet

  • It might well be argued that ruptura monstrum and prefigura of ruptura monstrum in horror fiction take the place of cryptica in mystery fiction and limina in fantastique, that horror becomes distinct from the former largely by situating the key ruptura monstrum as resolution rather than narrative trigger and distinct from the latter largely by collapsing equipoise, presenting events as determined.

    Notes Toward a Theory of Narrative Modality

  • Concerning epistemic quirks - are they dewarped by more or less satisfactory answers to the following questions: for a lacuna - "What happened?" for a limina - "Did it happen or not?"

    Notes Toward a Theory of Narrative Modality

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