This self-paced distance learning course is designed particularly for those who:
The course is taught in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators UK and SIL International. It can be part of required training to qualify you to take an intermediate or advanced level assignment with SIL.
The author & tutor of this course, as an international linguistic and translation consultant with SIL International, can call on many years of experience in this field both from his own research and his leading of ‘Discourse for Translation’ workshops around the world. Dr. Levinsohn has also authored a number of publications, including the textbook entitled 'Discourse Features of New Testament Greek'.
Normally, participants should expect to:
On acceptance of your application, we will put you in touch with the tutor for the course and they will provide you with all the relevant course materials that are needed.
Language does not consist solely of isolated words or sentences. Many sentences are connected together into longer stretches of discourse. Anyone engaging in the study of a language needs to consider the factors involved in associating sentences together so that the result is a coherent whole and achieves the communicative purpose of its author.
Narrative in particular employs both creative and economic features in any language to maximum effect. Moreover, these features constitute the greatest area of mismatch between languages (aside from the sound of the language itself).
This course follows an approach that has been insightful for the analysis of narratives in at least 250 languages. It begins with an explanation of how to prepare and chart a text for analysis. Subsequent chapters consider, amongst other things:
The chapters include discussion of how Ancient Hebrew and Koiné Greek handle these features, so that areas of mismatch with other types of language can be brought out.
Each of the ten chapters of the course includes assignments entitled, ‘Application to the language you are analysing’. The tutor encourages you to send them your responses to these assignments, chapter by chapter, or more frequently, if you have questions or run into problems with them.
By the end of the course, participants have acquired an understanding of discourse analysis, and they are able to analyse and describe the typical features of narrative discourse in the language they are studying, using a functional approach.
More specifically, they are able to do the following:
This is a distance learning course that can be taken at any time during the year and at the student's own pace, subject to the tutor's availability. Please complete the short course application form to apply.
£250 payable in full before starting the course
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