Styles of Communication, Vol 4, No 1 (2012)

A Glimpse into the Analysis of Religious Discourse - On the Basis of a Speech Addressed to Young People by Pope John Paul II

Małgorzata Szudrowicz-Garstka


Discourse can be understood in many different, very often contradictory ways. Regardless of the definition chosen, contemporary discourse analysis is connected with the investigation of text and context. This article constitutes an attempt to analyse religious discourse on the basis of a homily by John Paul II, presented in Toronto, 2002, during the celebration of World Youth Days. Due to the application of ten markers (i.e. situationality, emotions, recent history, remote history, general knowledge, juxtapositions, direct intertextuality, guidelines, dangers and teaching) we can describe the structure of the text.


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