Nature of word in the Context of Biblical Discourse: Psycholinguistic Analysis

Keywords: word, nature of word, function of word, biblical discourse, psycholinguistic analysis.

Abstract

Introduction. The article deals with a psycholinguistic attributes of the token “word”.

The objective is to investigate the semantic parameters which the token “word” realizes within the limits of biblical discourse.

Methods. General scientific methods such as analysis, synthesis, abstracting, generalization, theoretical and empirical analysis were used in order to the determine the psycholinguistic patterns of interpretation and understanding of the concept “word” in biblical discourse, as follows: discourse-analysis, content-analysis, method of observation and descriptive method enabled to determine that Bible is not just a text, but a mega-text, in which the concept of “word” transcended beyond the established lexicographic interpretations and determined the broad functional and semantic possibilities that were realized exclusively within the biblical discourse.

Results of investigation. The distinctive ontological functions of the concept “word” were outlined on particular Bible examples. It was determined that in the context of theoanthropological conception a word had a heaven born origin and it was endued with both constructive and destructive power. In the Holy Scriptures a word appeared as a unique method of the world creation, God impersonation, idea creation, the search for truth, cognition of heavenly wisdom and so on. The word tridimentionality was relevant to Triune God. Rather words – are great power and energy. The "image and likeness" of man is manifested to God through the word comprehension. The greatness of man and the supremacy of all things is contingent on the reason for the word gift owning.

Conclusions. The word is endowed with a unique potential of influence on thinking, consciousness and a person perception. The study revealed that the word as a discursive unit should be considered not only from the point of view of semantic-syntactic, cognitive-pragmatic and other features, but also, in particular, psycholinguistic criteria for the development of being.

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2019-11-12
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Ivasyshyna, T., & Rudenko, I. (2019). Nature of word in the Context of Biblical Discourse: Psycholinguistic Analysis . PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, 26(2), 157-174. https://doi.org/10.31470/2309-1797-2019-26-2-157-174