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Secondary Religious Discourse: Sermon as a Distributional Macrofield


ADAM Martin

Year of publication 2008
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Discourse and Interaction.
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Linguistics
Keywords Firbas; FSP; Bible; macrofield; text; sermon; analysis
Description For more than two decades, research into the theory of functional sentence perspective (FSP) has dealt with the text material of religious discourse (Firbas, Svoboda, and Adam). In contrast with the existing writings that discuss primarily biblical texts, the present paper explores sermons as a secondary religious discourse. After a brief introduction into the sociolinguistic and stylistic aspects of the realm of sermons, the paper looks at scripted homilies in terms of distributional macrofields (highest level of FSP analysis) and traces typical dynamic-semantic features of the texts.

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