By Colin Toffelmire
In A Discourse and sign up research of the Prophetic ebook of Joel, Colin M. Toffelmire offers an intensive research of the textual content of Joel from the point of view of Systemic sensible Linguistics. whereas conventional explorations of Joel usually interact the ebook from an ancient or literary viewpoint, the following Toffelmire examines syntactic and semantic patterning within the publication, and builds from there towards an outline of the linguistic sign up and context of scenario that those linguistic styles recommend. This paintings additionally showcases the usefulness of discourse research grounded in Systemic practical Linguistics for the research of historic texts.
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2 (2008): 189. 63 This is also how Hasan chooses to describe what she refers to as Contextual Configurations (ccs), which are the situational equivalent of textual genres. 65 If we accept Halliday’s suggestion that the relationship between context of situation and context of culture is primarily one of abstraction, then it follows that the same is true regarding the relationship between register and genre. 66 This distinction, in my mind, is principally a heuristic tool. Descriptions of linguistic genre deal with the same categories as descriptions of register, but since genre involves a less delicate level of description it is expected that much greater variation will be present.
I will begin by defining register as described by sfl, and then move on to a brief discussion of the related concept of linguistic genre. From the perspective of biblical studies, genre has generally been the purview of form critics, and consequently I will also explore the ways in which register theory and my analysis of Joel are related to the concerns of form criticism, particularly in its more recent iterations. ”42 Consequently, I must consider two significant features of register here. The first is the concept of a situation configuration, and particularly the sfl categories of field, tenor, and mode.
Context of culture, a phrase coined by Malinowski, refers to the contextual relationship between a text and its cultural location. ”31 Therefore, context of culture explores the ways in which these widely diverse sets of knowledge are related to a given text or set of texts. Context of text, or co-text, can be defined in terms of both “intertextual” context and “intratextual” context. 32 Intertextual co-text is related to the context of culture, as it explores relationships between texts; intratextual co-text is related to the context of situation, as it explores connections within a given text.
A Discourse and Register Analysis of the Prophetic Book of Joel by Colin Toffelmire