Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament : A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis

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  • Edition: Bilingual
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  • Copyright: 12/30/2010
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub

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Introducing a function-based approach to linguistics, Runge explores New Testament Greek grammatical conventions by focusing on the communication tasks they accomplish. His study of the ways in which words are used in texts and contexts has less to do with the specifics of speech and more to do with how humans are wired to process it. Therefore, Runge looks at how all languages operate before focusing on Greek. This examination of linguistics in general simplifies the analytical process, and explains how and why we communicate as we do. Readers will learn that discourse analysis necessarily compliments today's formal approaches to linguistics, as they are simultaneously led to a more accurate description of biblical text. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Steven E. Runge (DLITT) serves as Scholar-in-Residence for Logos Bible Software, and as a Research Associate for the Department of Ancient Studies University of Stellenbosch. He is the General Editor of the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament.

Table of Contents

Creditsp. x
Abbreviationsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 3
Choice Implies Meaningp. 5
Semantic Meaning versus Pragmatic Effectp. 7
Default versus Marked Frameworkp. 10
Prominence and Contrastp. 13
Prominencep. 13
Contrastp. 15
Suggested Readingp. 16
Connecting Propositionsp. 17
Asyndeton ()p. 20
Kip. 23
$$$p. 28
Introduction to Development Markersp. 28
Function of $$$p. 31
Narrative Tp. 37
O$$$vp. 43
$$$ To$$$op. 48
$$$p. 51
M$$$vp. 54
'A$$$p. 55
Suggested Readingp. 57
Forward-Pointing Devices
Forward-Pointing Reference and Targetp. 61
Conventional Explanationp. 62
Discourse Explanationp. 63
Applicationp. 64
Forward-Pointing Interrogativesp. 64
Forward-Pointing Demonstrativesp. 66
Forward-Pointing Adverbsp. 68
Summaryp. 70
Suggested Readingp. 71
Point/Counterpoint Setsp. 73
The Use of M$$$vp. 74
Conventional Explanationp. 74
Discourse Explanationp. 75
Applicationp. 76
The Use of Exception or Restrictionp. 83
Conventional Explanationp. 84
Discourse Explanationp. 85
Applicationp. 86
The Use of 'A$$$ to Correct or Replacep. 92
Conventional Explanationp. 92
Discourse Explanationp. 93
Applicationp. 93
Suggested Readingp. 100
Metacommentsp. 101
Conventional Explanationp. 102
Discourse Explanationp. 105
Applicationp. 107
Forward-Pointing Devices Associated with Metacommentsp. 117
Redundant Vocatives as Forward-Pointing Devicesp. 117
Attention-Getters as Forward-Pointing Devicesp. 122
Summaryp. 124
Suggested Readingp. 124
Historical Presentp. 125
Conventional Explanationp. 125
Discourse Explanationp. 128
Applicationp. 134
Discourse-Processing and Segmentationp. 134
Discourse-Pragmatic Function/Prominence Markingp. 137
Suggested Readingp. 142
Redundant Quotative Framesp. 145
Conventional Explanationp. 145
Discourse Explanationp. 148
At Changes in Speaker and Hearerp. 149
Within the Same Speaker's Speechp. 151
Applicationp. 152
At Changes in Speaker and Hearerp. 152
Within the Same Speaker's Speechp. 157
Suggested Readingp. 162
Tail-Head Linkagep. 163
Conventional Explanationp. 164
Discourse Explanationp. 166
Applicationp. 167
Suggested Readingp. 177
Information Structuring Devices
Information Structurep. 181
Conventional Explanationp. 182
Discourse Explanationp. 185
Introductionp. 185
Information Structurep. 185
Mental Representationsp. 186
Natural Information Flowp. 187
Violating Natural Information Flow and Prominencep. 189
Position P2: Emphasisp. 192
Position P1: Frames of Referencep. 193
Application to Englishp. 195
Information Structure Methodologies and the Broader Field of Linguisticsp. 200
Suggested Readingp. 205
Framing Devices (1)p. 207
Topical Framesp. 210
Temporal Framesp. 216
Spatial Framesp. 220
Summaryp. 224
Framing Devices (2)p. 227
Conditional Framesp. 227
Comparative Framesp. 233
Reason/Result Framesp. 237
Summaryp. 241
Circumstantial Framesp. 243
Conventional Explanationp. 245
Discourse Explanationp. 249
Applicationp. 250
Nominative Circumstantial Framesp. 250
Genitive Circumstantial Framesp. 255
Dative and Accusative Circumstantial Framesp. 261
Adverbial Participles Following the Main Verbp. 262
Suggested Readingp. 268
Emphasisp. 269
Conventional Explanationp. 269
Discourse Explanationp. 271
Applicationp. 273
Summaryp. 284
Suggested Readingp. 285
Left-Dislocationsp. 287
Conventional Explanationp. 287
Linguistic Explanationp. 288
Applicationp. 293
Streamlining the Introduction of New Participantsp. 293
Processing Functionp. 297
Discourse-Pragmatic Functionp. 302
Summaryp. 312
Suggested Readingp. 312
Thematic Highlighting Devices
Overspecification and Right-Dislocationp. 317
Conventional Explanationp. 317
Discourse Explanationp. 321
Thematic Highlightingp. 322
Recharacterizationp. 324
Point-of-View Shiftsp. 325
Applicationp. 326
Summaryp. 335
Suggested Readingp. 335
Thematic Additionp. 337
Conventional Explanationp. 338
Discourse Explanationp. 339
Applicationp. 342
Suggested Readingp. 348
Changed Reference and Thematic Addressp. 349
Conventional Explanationp. 349
Discourse Explanationp. 354
Applicationp. 354
Summaryp. 363
Suggested Readingp. 363
Near/Far Distinctionp. 365
Conventional Explanationp. 365
Discourse Explanationp. 368
Applicationp. 374
Suggested Readingp. 384
Summaryp. 385
Bibliographyp. 393
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