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The Bible is a centerpiece for many people of faith—like the TV for the modern family.

And like the TV, there have been BIG changes in how we view it. It's an old script and through the centuries different channels have been devised to read it for all its worth.

 

But there is a new channel that has been gaining traction in the world of biblical studies—

LINGUISTICS.

This channel's potential is only beginning to be realized. But many who talk about it have a knack for opacity.

New viewers are disenchanted with neoteric-babble, and old subscribers reinforce this first-impression. 

Jargon is a necessary evil, but its wall-building effects can be countered with a steady stream of accessible content.  

There is no reason Linguistics should remain an esoteric channel or be thought to offer little more than fuzz.

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What's Linguistics got to offer?

 

 

Prototype Categorization.

Nothing in life (including language) fits into clear-cut boxes. If you look closely, all categories have fuzzy boundaries and are organized around prototypical members.

Embodied Semantics.

Meaning is completely determined by our lives lived in a body. From cognition to culture, the body shapes it all—and every single language reflects that. 

Discourse Analysis.

There's many ways to make make a point, tell a story, or win an argument. Focusing on how these ends are achieved means taking into account the alternative options. Choice, after all, implies meaning. 

Grammaticalization Theory.

Language is always changing. New meanings latch onto old words, while others fade out. It's the circle of life, grammatically speaking.

Information Structure.

This framework helps you understand the ins-and-outs of a statement—what it's really about and the part that makes it zing.

Construction Grammar.

All languages rely on patterns of use that we rarely notice. Being aware of these can help vet our analysis of expressions and what they mean.

 

At Old School Script we offer two types of content to help you explore these different approaches—among many others—from a level you're comfortable with:

There's no doubt linguistics is a buzzword among biblical scholars. Its irregular mention gives it a foreign feel that's empowering to the user. The trouble is that it's often referred to in generic ways that present the discipline as a monolithic enterprise.

This way of talking about "doing linguistics" is about as non-descriptive as claiming to do an exegetical analysis of the Sermon on the Mount. From what angle? With what assumptions? There are schools of thought in linguistics and different models of application, just as there are in the sub-fields of biblical studies.

Those among biblical studies who apply contemporary linguistics with a dedicated interest represent a noticeably small vanguard. It is our hope to make this push not only more noticeable but more accessible.

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