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Bilingualism in Perspective: Ideology Construed Through Language Shifting in Daniel – Part 2

December 18, 2014

by ZACHARY K. DAWSON   That Daniel 7 remains in Aramaic before the Hebrew text recommences in chapter 8 has puzzled biblical scholars for years, and no answer to this question to date has fully satisfied this query. It is the present writer’s contention that Bill Arnold paved a way forward in his point-of-view analysis of… Read More ›

Bilingualism in Perspective: Ideology Construed Through Language Shifting in Daniel – Part 1

by ZACHARY K. DAWSON   To this day, a fully satisfactory answer for why the book of Daniel contains both Hebrew and Aramaic portions has eluded biblical scholarship. However, Bill Arnold charted new ground for this question when he argued that the bilingualism in the book of Daniel is due to the narrator’s point of view,… Read More ›

Positioning Readers with Perspective (Acts 13:4–12)

by JAMES D. DVORAK   . . . One of my research interests as a discourse analyst is how language users–for this discussion, narrators–utilize the information plane both to express her or his own “stance(s)” and, as a consequence of that expression, to sway others to take up the same position. “Stance,” as used here, is… Read More ›

Response to Zachary Dawson’s Point-of-View Analysis of Ruth 4:1-6

by GARY YAMASAKI   In this post, Zachary Dawson digs into the point-of-view dynamics of Ruth 4:1-6, and today’s post interacts with Dawson’s point-of-view analysis of this passage. It is good how Dawson begins his treatment of 4:1-6 by addressing the point-of-view dynamics of the material preceding this passage, for the point-of-view crafting of one passage… Read More ›

Perspective Criticism Meets SFL Genre Theory: With Ruth 4:1-6 as a Test Case

by ZACHARY K. DAWSON   With this discussion I wish to show how a fuller explanatory potential of perspective criticism is brought to bear when situated within a Systemic Functional Linguistic (SFL) framework. It is my hope that this post will be a small catalyst for discussion given that I believe that perspective criticism and SFL… Read More ›

Some Initial Comments on the Potential of Verbal Aspect and ‘Point of View’ Criticism for Text-Critical Analysis

by WALLY V. CIRAFESI   One of the major resources for the crafting of point of view (POV) in the Greek of the New Testament is  the use of verbal aspect (VA). VA has been somewhat of a hot topic in Biblical Greek studies over the last twenty years or so, and a good number of… Read More ›

Uncharted “viewpoint” territories: a possible link between communicative purpose, viewpoint, and discourse temporality in New Testament narratives

by J. R. REBER   As a new resource for the study of viewpoint, it is useful to consider how communicative purpose generates a relative relationship between writer/speaker viewpoint and discourse temporality. In a New Testament narrative framework, the internal feature of writer/speaker purpose (or intention) can be operative in the text at multiple unit levels… Read More ›

Creating Diversity: Appraisal Theory and the account of King Herod and the Magi (Matt 2:1-18)

by JAMES D. DVORAK   The key point of Yamasaki’s Perspective Criticism is that storytellers craft points of view as a means of providing “evaluative guidance” for their putative audience in order to generate within them a sense of empathy for a particular character and that character’s beliefs, behaviors, etc. (p. 12). This gets at a… Read More ›

Linguistics influencing Point of View: Trying to make a ‘Police Shooting’ Palatable

by GARY YAMASAKI   This post demonstrated how readers can be led to experience events through a Neanderthal point of view simply by linguistic manipulation, specifically, the avoidance of transitive clauses. This post goes a step further to explore how manipulation of transitivity can even lead readers to adopt the point of view of a particular… Read More ›

Observing Impact of Linguistics on Point-of-View Crafting. . .with the help of a “Neanderthal”

by GARY YAMASAKI   “. . .The bushes twitched again. . . .A head and a chest faced him, half-hidden. . . .The man turned sideways in the bushes and looked at Lok along his shoulder. A stick rose upright and there was a lump of bone in the middle. . . .Suddenly Lok understood that… Read More ›