×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Transforming Words: The Early Methodist Revival from a Discourse Perspective
     

Transforming Words: The Early Methodist Revival from a Discourse Perspective

by Jean-Pierre van Noppen
 

See All Formats & Editions

Hitherto, the language of the Methodist revival has received only moderate, and mainly descriptive, attention. This study moves beyond description and approaches the phenomenon from a «discourse» angle. A corpus-based investigation of the workings of Methodism in its many different discourse aspects highlights how and why Methodism in its early Wesleyan

Overview

Hitherto, the language of the Methodist revival has received only moderate, and mainly descriptive, attention. This study moves beyond description and approaches the phenomenon from a «discourse» angle. A corpus-based investigation of the workings of Methodism in its many different discourse aspects highlights how and why Methodism in its early Wesleyan stage was remarkably efficient in providing a multi-modal message which answered the needs and aspirations of the underprivileged. A critical assessment shows that there is little reason to indict the Wesleyans with any manipulative intent. Wesley's discourse did, however, contain some elements which were misunderstood and misapplied when later Methodism lost its Wesleyan touch; but the Methodist revival as a whole cannot be indicted with deliberate manipulation of the working masses.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
«Van Noppen has done much more than introduce to Methodist studies a current type of linguistic analysis. He has added a new tool to uncover further dimensions of historical understanding to early Methodism, casting much light on the audience as well as the well-publicised leaders.» (Henry D. Rack, Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783906762524
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Series:
Religions and Discourse Series , #3
Pages:
248

Meet the Author

The Author: Jean-Pierre van Noppen graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles with a doctoral dissertation on communication problems in popular theology. He now holds a professorship in English linguistics at the same university, where he has been active as a grammarian, lexicographer, bibliographer and journal editor. His current teaching and research interests are in non-literary (pragma)stylistics and critical linguistics. His publications include Theolinguistics, Metaphor and Religion, How to Do Things with Metaphor, an English grammar, two bibliographies on Metaphor, and the collective volumes New Horizons in Stylistics and Text and Ideology.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews