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Anti-language in the Apocalypse of John

Mellen Biblical Press S. 16

By (author) John E. Hurtgen
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Dec 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773498397
ISBN-13: 9780773498396
Barcode No: 9780773498396
Synopsis
Anti-language is defined as language that is antithetical to the norm of society. Four of the practical functions of anti-language are secrecy, verbal play, group solidarity, and creation and maintainance of an alternative social and conceptual reality. This study presents an overview of the social realia and the social location of thought of the Apocalypse of John, which is viewed as following certain cultural scripts. There is an overview of Halliday's sociosemiotic theory and an analysis of four theorists of anti-language - Halliday, Kress, Fowler, and Malina. This text aims to draw together the two theoretical components of social location of thought and sociolinguistics and uses the Apocalypse of John 11:19 - 15:4 as a test case to discern the presence of anti-language.

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