Discourse Mitigation

"In mitigation, something which is somehow expected is substituted, side-stepped, disguised, or simply deleted and left unsaid by the speaker, out of manners, cautiousness, or modesty: it is up to the hearer to reconstruct it inferentially." --Claudia Caffi, "Mitigation," in Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (London: Elsevier, 2006), 171.

Location: Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

ΑΓΑΠΗΣΕΙΣ comes from the double love command in Mark 12.30-31 and summarizes what this blog is about: (1) knowing the word (2) in order to love God (3) and love others. In response to the question, "What is the greatest commandment?" Jesus said: "Hear, oh Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." This blog is devoted to the interpretation of scripture in order to love God and others. My primary interests to be included in this blog are **biblical exegesis **biblical theology **use of OT in the NT **Greek language **Hebrew language **Bible translation **linguistics **discourse analysis **cognitive semantics **the Letter of James **textual criticism **teaching **preaching. I want to pursue these interests in such a way that I love God with all of who I am and also love others more than myself.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Person Shift

In the hortatory discourse type, the imperative element is the minimal characteristic of the type. There is a significant use of the 2nd person. Thus, one mitigation technique is to shift to 3rd person or 1st person.


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What is Discourse Mitigation?

For starters, check out Claudia Caffi's description of mitigation above. My current interest is in the mitigation of hortatory discourse in an ancient Koine Greek text. I am writing an M.A. thesis with the following working title:

Mitigated Hortatory Discourse in a Koine Greek Text:
Sociolinguistic Dynamics in the Letter of James

But this blog is open to discussion regarding mitigation in a wider variety of discourse including written monologue and spoken dialogue.