A Discourse and Register Analysis of the Prophetic Book of Joel

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Title: A Discourse and Register Analysis of the Prophetic Book of Joel
Series Title: Studia Semitica Neerlandica

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Brill

Book URL: http://www.brill.com/products/book/discourse-and-register-analysis-prophetic-book-joel

Author: Colin M. Toffelmire

Electronic: ISBN:  9789004325074 Pages: 232 Price: Europe EURO 104
Hardback: ISBN:  9789004314566 Pages: 232 Price: Europe EURO 104


In A Discourse and Register Analysis of the Prophetic Book of Joel, Colin M.
Toffelmire presents a thorough analysis of the text of Joel from the
perspective of Systemic Functional Linguistics. While traditional explorations
of Joel generally engage the book from an historical or literary perspective,
here Toffelmire examines syntactic and semantic patterning in the book, and
builds from there toward a description of the linguistic register and context
of situation that these linguistic patterns suggest. This work also showcases
the usefulness of discourse analysis grounded in Systemic Functional
Linguistics for the analysis of ancient texts.

Context in the System and Process of Language

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Title: Context in the System and Process of Language
Subtitle: Volume 4
Series Title: The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd

Book URL: https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/context-system-process-language-collected-works-ruqaiya-hasan-vol-4/

Author: Ruqaiya Hasan
Editor: Jonathan Webster

Hardback: ISBN:  9781904768395 Pages: 512 Price: U.S. $ 100
Paperback: ISBN:  9781904768401 Pages: 512 Price: U.S. $ 40


The concept context of situation introduced by Malinowski some eighty years
ago has now become an essential element of the vocabulary of any linguistic
theory whose aim is to reveal the nature of language. With the abandonment of
the spurious distinction between competence and performance, the process of
language, i.e., language use, has claimed its rightful place in the study of
language. The chapters of this book focus on the relations of context and
text, conceptualising the latter as language operative in some recognizable
social context. It is argued that context is not simply a backdrop for the
occurrence of words; rather, it is an active element which on the one hand
plays a crucial role in the progression of human discourse and on the other
enters into and shapes the very nature of language as process and as system,
furnishing the foundation for functionality in language. Acting as the
interface between language and society, context analysis reveals the power of
language for creating, maintaining and changing human relationships.

World Building: Discourse in the Mind

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Title: World Building
Subtitle: Discourse in the Mind
Series Title: Advances in Stylistics

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/world-building-9781472586551/

Editor: Joanna Gavins
Editor: Ernestine Lahey

Electronic: ISBN:  9781472586544 Pages: 288 Price: U.K. £ 74.99 Comment: ePDF
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Hardback: ISBN:  9781472586537 Pages: 312 Price: U.K. £ 75.00


World Building represents the state-of-the-discipline in worlds-based
approaches to discourse, collected together for the first time. Over the last
forty years the ‘text-as-world’ metaphor has become one of the most prevalent
and productive means of describing the experiencing of producing and receiving
discourse. This has been the case in a range of disciplines, including
stylistics, cognitive poetics, narratology, discourse analysis and literary

The metaphor has enabled analysts to formulate a variety of frameworks for
describing and examining the textual and conceptual mechanics involved in
human communication, articulating these variously through such concepts as
‘possible worlds’, ‘text-worlds’ and ‘storyworlds’. Each of these key
approaches shares an understanding of discourse as a logically grounded,
cognitively and pragmatically complex phenomenon. Discourse in this sense is
capable of producing highly immersive and emotionally affecting conceptual
spaces in the minds of discourse participants.

The chapters examine how best to document and analyze this and this is an
essential collection for stylisticians, linguists and narrative theorists.

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