A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF JESUS’ CONVERSATION WITH THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

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A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF JESUS’ CONVERSATION WITH THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

 

ABSTRACT

It is a known fact that Discourse Analysis is the analysis of language in use. This work showed how discourse analysis and pragmatic elements can be used in decoding facts and foregrounded information in the Holy Bible especially Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman. The discourse elements such as: participants, context, turn-taking, exchange structure, reference, presupposition, inference, intention were used to bring out the foregrounded information in the conversation.In conclusion, we were able to show that addressee deduced or inferred more information from addressor’s utterance beyond what the original intention might have been.

TABLE OF CONTENT

Title page                                                                               i

Certification                                                                          ii

Dedication                                                                             v

Acknowledgment                                                                 vi

Abstract                                                                                 vii

CHAPTER ONE

  • General Introduction 1
  • Purpose 2
  • Scope and delimitation 2
  • Justification 3
  • Methodology 3

 CHAPTER TWO

2.1 Introduction                                                                                            4

2.2 Discourse                                                                                                            4

2.3 Discourse Analysis                                                                               5

2.4 Elements of discourse analysis                                                                       8

2.4.1Participants                                                                                          8

2.4.2 Context                                                                                                            8

2.4.3 Turn-taking                                                                                         11

2.4.4 Exchange structure                                                                            12

2.4.4.1 Initiation, response and feedback                                                            12

2.4.4.2 Adjacency pairs                                                                              13

2.4.5 Topic                                                                                                    13

2.5 Pragmatic concepts of discourse                                                         14

2.5.1 Presupposition                                                                                    14

2.5.2 Implicature                                                                                          15

2.5.3 Reference                                                                                            17

2.5.4 Inference                                                                                              18

2.5.5 Intention                                                                                              18

2.6 Data description                                                                                                19

2.6.1 Jesus Christ                                                                                         20

2.6.2 The Samaritan woman                                                                                   20.

CHAPTER THREE

3.1 Introduction                                                                                            21

3.2 Datum 1                                                                                                   21

3.3 Datum 2                                                                                                   27

3.4 Datum 3                                                                                                   31

CHAPTER FOUR

4.1 Summary                                                                                                 37

4.2 Findings                                                                                                  38

Bibliography                                                                                                 41

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

  • GENERAL INTRODUCTION

Over the years, several researches have been conducted in the field of discourse analysis with various definitions given to it. Brown and Yule (1983:1) opine that “the analysis of discourse is necessarily the analysis of language in use”.

Ambiguity is the word used by Stubb (1993:1) to describe discourse analysis. He says; “the term discourse analysis is very ambiguous…to refer to mainly the linguistic analysis of naturally occurring connected spoken or written discourse”.

 

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