Code-Switching in Luke and Acts

Code-Switching in Luke and Acts

by Jonathan Watt
     
 

ISBN-10: 082043695X

ISBN-13: 9780820436951

Pub. Date: 10/01/1997

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

Divergence of style characterizes the Greek dialect that appears in the New Testament books of Luke and Acts. Some parts contain standard Koine while others show varying degrees of Semitic influence. This sociolinguistic study concludes that the continuum of Semitized Greek appearing in the ancient texts functions like the metaphoric variety of code-switching

Overview

Divergence of style characterizes the Greek dialect that appears in the New Testament books of Luke and Acts. Some parts contain standard Koine while others show varying degrees of Semitic influence. This sociolinguistic study concludes that the continuum of Semitized Greek appearing in the ancient texts functions like the metaphoric variety of code-switching performed by modern bilinguals. The variations can be explained, in part, by Luke's tendency to use Semitic linguistic features when describing Jewish subject matter while retaining standard Koine for Hellenistic interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820436951
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Series:
Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics Series
Pages:
307

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