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By Colin Toffelmire

In A Discourse and sign in research of the Prophetic booklet of Joel, Colin M. Toffelmire offers a radical research of the textual content of Joel from the point of view of Systemic practical Linguistics. whereas conventional explorations of Joel commonly interact the e-book from an historic 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 state of affairs 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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Toffelmire, “Sitz im What? Context and the Prophetic Book of Obadiah,” in The Book of the Twelve and the New Form Criticism, ed. Mark J. Boda, Michael H. Floyd, and Colin M. Toffelmire, anem 10 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2015). Hyun Chul Paul Kim, “Form Criticism in Dialogue with Other Criticisms: Building the Multidimensional Structures of Texts and Concepts,” in The Changing Shape of Form Criticism, ed. Marvin A. Sweeney and Ehud Ben Zvi (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003), 94. Martin J.

Hasan, “Speaking with Reference to Context,” 232. See also: Hasan, “Place of Context,” 172. Hasan, “Speaking with Reference to Context,” 245. Hasan also warns that the theoretical categories of field, tenor, and mode should be considered heuristic and not absolute. These are “three … interrelated perspectives on the social context” and not three ingredients for context (Hasan, “Speaking with Reference to Context,” 270, 272). 53 She identifies three components of field: arena, participants, and semantic domain.

However, we can only observe the language system as a construal of instances of text. Thus we can examine a text as an instantiation of the abstract system, or we can theorize the abstract system by examining many instances of text. What we are describing here is a cline, or sliding scale, with an instance of language at one pole (text) and the specific language system at the other pole (system). 18 For example, when exploring the register of a text we might examine it as a realization of some linguistic context (from above), or as a pattern of semantic and lexico-grammatical features (from below), or in comparison with a set of other identifiable registers (from round about).

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