DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF SELECTED MOSAIC LAWS

Published: September, 2020

Author(s):

Stephen. A. Lagu & Isuwa Klanzama Hansin

About Author(s):

Department of Languages

Adamawa State University, Mubi

 

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Abstract

This study attempts a speech act analysis of thirty randomly selected Mosaic laws which formed its corpus. Bach and Harmish (1979) theory of mutual contextual beliefs guided the research. Result reveals that Mosaic laws contain five discourse categories: Torah, love and family, business and labour, idolatry and holiness, court and judicial procedure. These discoursal categories unveils the socio-cultural beliefs and practices of the people which hinges on: moral life and civil conduct, sexual impurity and marital infidelity, fairness and justice in business transactions, allegiance to other deities and justice, equity and fair play in the conduct of daily affairs. These results further demonstrate that Mosaic laws possess features and structures that gives it a discoursal outlook.

Keywords: Speech act analysis, Torah, Mosaic laws, Discoursal outlook