A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF JESUS’ CONVERSATION WITH THE SAMARITAN WOMAN

ABSTRACT
It is a known fact that Discourse Analysis is the analysis of language in use. This
work shaowed how discourse analysis and pragmatic elements can be used in
decoding facts and foregrounded information in the Holy Bible especially Jesus’
conversation with the Samaritan woman. The discourse elements such as:
participants, context, turn-taking, exchange structure, reference, presupposition,
inference, intention were used to bring out the foregrounded information in the
conversation. In conclusion, we were able to show that addressee deduced or
inferred more information from addressor’s utterance beyond what the original
intention might have been.

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