Religious language and critical discourse analysis: ideology and identity in Christian discourse today

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P. Lang, Dec 31, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 319 pages
This book demonstrates the highly productive effects of applying contemporary views of discourse to religious language, seen (in theological terms) from a postliberal viewpoint. The emphasis is on critical discourse analysis (CDA), with its well-developed methodology for deconstructing the manifestations of power. What emerges is a combination of two complementary, surprisingly simple models which explain many aspects of the language used and witnessed by contemporary Christian believers. A wide variety of detailed, worked examples provide a very practical introduction to the revealing practice of understanding how discourse analysis responds to the question: When language is used in a religious context, what's going on here?

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