Repetition in Arabic Discourse: Paradigms, syntagms and the ecology of language - Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 18 (Hardback)
  • Repetition in Arabic Discourse: Paradigms, syntagms and the ecology of language - Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 18 (Hardback)
zoom

Repetition in Arabic Discourse: Paradigms, syntagms and the ecology of language - Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 18 (Hardback)

(author)
£83.00
Hardback 130 Pages / Published: 16/08/1991
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In this examination of expository prose in contemporary Arabic, structural and semantic repetition is found to be responsible both for linguistic cohesion and for rhetorical force. Johnstone identifies and discusses repetitive features on every level of analysis. Writers in Arabic use lexical couplets consisting of conjoined synonyms, which create new semantic paradigms as they evoke old ones. Morphological roots and patterns are repeated at close range, and this creates phonological rhyme as well. Regular patterns of paraphrase punctuate texts, and patterns of parallelism mark the internal structure of their segments. Johnstone offers an explanation for how repetition of all these kinds can serve persuasive ends by creating rhetorical presence, and discusses how the Arabic language and the Arab-Islamic cultural tradition especially lend themselves to this rhetorical strategy. She suggests, however, that discourse repetition serves a crucial function in the ecology of any language, as the mechanism by which speakers evoke and create underlying paradigmatic structure in their syntagmatic talk and writing.

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
ISBN: 9789027250285
Number of pages: 130
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 245 x 164 mm

You may also be interested in...

Thank You for Arguing
Added to basket
An Unkindness of Ravens
Added to basket
The Art of Rhetoric
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The New Penguin Russian Course
Added to basket
Through the Language Glass
Added to basket
Sounds Appealing
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Let's Sign Pocket Dictionary
Added to basket
Confabulations
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Making the Father of the Bride's Speech
Added to basket
Have You Eaten Grandma?
Added to basket
Doric For Beginners
Added to basket
How Language Began
Added to basket
The Language Instinct
Added to basket
Think Again
Added to basket
Political Correctness Gone Mad?
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.