A Discourse Analysis of Philippians: Method and Rhetoric in by Jeffrey T. Reed

By Jeffrey T. Reed

This large-scale paintings is the appliance of recent theories of discourse research to questions of Greek grammar, particularly with admire to the talk over the literary integrity of Philippians. bankruptcy 1 introduces the linguistic thought of discourse research, defining key words, sketching its historic evolution and outlining its significant tenets. bankruptcy 2 units forth a version of discourse research based at the systemic sensible theories of M.A.K. Halliday. bankruptcy three outlines the historical-critical debate over the literary integrity of Philippians. bankruptcy four inspects the style of Philippians, demanding rhetorical methods to the textual content and providing as a substitute an epistolary category, viz. 'personal, hortatory letter'. bankruptcy five specializes in the discourse constitution of the letter, investigating its use of ideational, interpersonal and textual services of Hellenistic Greek. In bankruptcy 6, proper problems with biblical hermeneutics are addressed.

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10-11; Chafe, 'Looking Ahead', pp. 20-21. The 1987 Congress of Linguists similarly emphasised parole over langue (de Beaugrande, 'New Applications', p. 24). 58. See Werth, Focus, p. 5. 59. Labov, Sociolinguistic Patterns, p. 252. e. linguistic codes) play in the production of discourse. Granted, humans are the ones who communicate, who interact with others, who convey 'meaning'. e. shared symbols), as it has been formulated and agreed upon by cultural groups, significantly determines the ways in which speakers/authors are expected to construct their message.

As a matter of method, they are presuppositions that I as a discourse analyst bring to my reading of Philippians. Levels of Discourse The second tenet of discourse analysis suggests that language is best understood if analyzed at a level larger than the sentence. But how far into the surrounding discourse must the analyst look in order to understand fully a particular instance of Greek grammar? 21 Discourse analysts often try to account for the various linguistic and contextual constraints which influence the production and processing of texts.

6 Nevertheless, Halliday's writings have been fundamental for the development and current status of SFL and, consequently, much of the present functional model of discourse analysis is dependent upon him. L. M. Lamb), both of which have affinities with SFL. SFL is least like transformational-generative linguistics (mostly attributed to N. Chomsky), and thus little is drawn from works based on this tradition. SFL is not a model of discourse analysis per se, but a theory of language in general and its functional use in discourse.

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