LINGUIST List 32.453

Fri Feb 05 2021

Books: An Introduction to Religious Language: Hobbs

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Date: 29-Jan-2021
From: Khadija Ahmed <>
Subject: An Introduction to Religious Language: Hobbs
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Title: An Introduction to Religious Language
Subtitle: Exploring Theolinguistics in Contemporary Contexts
Published: 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Valerie Hobbs
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350095762 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 24.29
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350095779 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 24.29
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350095755 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9781350095748 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 26.99

Religious language is all around us, embedded in advertising, politics and news media. This book introduces readers to the field of theolinguistics, the study of religious language. Investigating the ways in which people talk to and about God, about the sacred and about religion itself, it considers why people make certain linguistic choices and what they accomplish.

Introducing the key methods required for examining religious language, Valerie Hobbs acquaints readers with the most common and important theolinguistic features and their functions. Using critical corpus-assisted discourse analysis with a focus on archaic and other lexical features, metaphor, agency and intertextuality, she examines religious language in context. Highlighting its use in both expected locations, such as modern-day prayer and politics, and unexpected locations including advertising, sport, healthcare and news media, Hobbs analyses the shifting and porous linguistic boundaries between the religious and the secular. With discussion questions and further readings for each chapter, as well as a companion website featuring suggested answers to the reflection tasks, this is the ideal introduction to the study of religious language.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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