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Het diskoersanalise ’n toekoms?

Andrie du Toit
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 1/2 | a523 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i1/2.523 | © 2004 Andrie du Toit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 October 2004 | Published: 20 October 2004

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Andrie du Toit, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Does discourse analysis have a future?

After a promising start, enthusiasm for the use of discourse analysis in the study of biblical texts seems to be waning. Several reasons for this state of affairs are identified: lack of focus, consensus and results, fragmentation and isolation, methodological imperialism, excessive formalisation and schematisation, idiosyncratic tendencies, discrepan-cies between input and output, inability to break out of the mould of the sentence and competition from other disciplines. However, discourse analysis has proven itself as such a useful exegetical instrument that everything should be done to rehabilitate it. Suggestions to this effect are made. South African discourse analysis can make an important contribution towards any future development of discourse analysis.


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