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Auteur: Adegboye ADEYANJU

A Functional Linguistic Analysis of Charismatic Christian Sermonic Discourses of a Popular Nigerian Pastor

Abstract/Résumé: The study investigates the discourse features and psycho-sociolinguistic patterns in a Nigerian Christian charismatic sermon. Selected sermons of Pastor Enoch.A Adeboye, General Overseer, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God-Nigeria, from the well-known program of the church, the Holy Ghost Service, an all night miracle service that holds on the first Friday of every month at the church's headquarter at Km. 46, Lagos-Ibadan expressway with the average attendance of worshippers about 500,000 people are analyzed. Charismatics see the sermon not as a monologic but dialogic discourse; they value the miraculous and the spectacular in terms of their tenets, liturgy, and verbal behavior, thus are potentially different from sermons preached in Orthodox Christian communities such Catholics, Methodists,etc. Discourse categories as well as discourse strategies employed by the speaker in communicating biblical truths are identified. The study establishes that sermonic discourse is a highly structured speech event. References Adeboye, E.A 'Sermons from the well-known program of RCCG church, the Holy Ghost Service:1998-2010' Al Fasol, 'From Cogito to Video to Sentio Ergo Sum:Have Cultural Transitions Impacted Preaching?' Evangelical Homiletical Society, Papers of the 2002 Meeting-Preaching to Listeners-Communicating with Contemporary Listeners' Burton, G. O. , Twentieth-Century Mormon Eloquence: A Stylistic Analysis of Two Sermons by Neal A. Maxwell". Presented at the Deseret Linguistics and Language Association Symposium. February 20, 1997. Buttrick, D.,Homiletic: Moves and Structures. Philadephia: Fortress Press, ,1987 Callender, C. and Cameron, D.,Response Listening as Part of Religious Rhetoric: The Case of Black Pentecostal Preaching". In GrahamM. and R.S.White (eds.) Reception and Response: Hearer Creativity and the Analysis of Spoken and Written Texts London: Routledge, ,1990 Crystal, D. "Language of Religion" In Investigating English Styles. London: Longman Press, ,1966 Dennis,M. C,Can Expository Preaching Be Relevant for Both Believers and Seekers? Evangelican Homiletics Society Papers of the 2002 Meeting-Preaching to Listeners- Communicating with Contemporary Listeners' Dzameshie, A.K. 'Motivations for the use of politeness strategies in Christian sermonic discourse' Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of South Carolina, ,1992 Hart, K. Trespass of the Sign, Cambridge: Univ. Press., 1993 Helon, P. Variety of Belief, London: George, Allen & Unwin, 1973 Hester, S. "Reality Analysis in a Classroom Story telling" British Journal of Sociology, Vol.48, No.1, Mard. PP.95-111, 1997 Hesselgrave, D.J. Communicating Christ Cross Culturally: An Introduction to Missionary Communication. Michigan: Academic Books