Prominence in Passive Construction with hUPO in Mk 1:9

c stirling bartholomew cc.constantine at
Wed Sep 26 21:35:20 EDT 2001

on 9/26/01 3:10 PM, Wayne Leman wrote:

> Clay, I still think you were on the right track, although the track may be
> more than just two rails perfectly spaced. The very fact that there is no
> good reason to have a full noun or pronoun after a participant is introduced
> in a discourse or re-introduced after a certain span is an important
> discourse fact. It reflects cognitive strategies of economy and greater need
> ("motivation", which results is a kind of "prominence") on other information
> (such as individual events) than participants once participants have been
> introduced.

Thanks Wayne for the encouraging words,

I have taken  another close look at Mk:1:1-9. What is happening  in Mk 1:9A,
in discourse terminology, is the re-introduction of the discourse
global-VIP, after a paragraph about John the Baptist (Mk 1:4-8).  Mk 1:9b
then brings the two participants together, Jesus and John the Baptist. What
is significant from a participant reference perspective is the elaborate and
full encoding of the discourse global-VIP in Mk1:9A:


This level of encoding exceeds the "full noun phrase" and might require a
more exalted category like the "overly full noun phrase."

The first half Mk 1:9  gets IHSOUS back on in the story and the second half
of the verse takes up the story and moves it forward with some action.

thanks again, greetings,


Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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