[b-hebrew] Relevance Theory & Hebrew Semantics
Reinier de Blois
r.de.blois at solcon.nl
Tue Aug 17 14:31:10 EDT 2004
Yes, I agree that semantic cohesion is an axiom of the cognitive
approach. There can be semantic cohesion at different levels within a
text though. Even smaller units within a larger text can have a certain
degree of cohesion. But the larger the unit, the better the methodology
will work and the more it will achieve.
> Then you would agree that semantic cohesion is an axiom of
> the cognitive approach. Setting aside all questions of
> historicity as irrelevant, looking at the text as a finished
> literary artifact without any concern for how it arrive in
> its present form, having cleared away all these needless
> distractions, there still seem to be significant risks
> associated with accepting semantic cohesion is an axiom.
> Open The Cantos of Ezra Pound at random somewhere in the
> middle and select a discourse segment. Recovering the
> cognitive framework for this discourse segment my be made
> *more* difficult if you assume semantic cohesion within the
> discourse segment as an axiom.
> In the OT wisdom literature we run into similar problems. The
> book of Ecclesiastes includes discourse units which seem to
> defy the notion of semantic cohesion.
> In evaluating the validity of any theoretical framework the
> first step is to expose weaknesses in the presuppositions.
> The axiom of semantic cohesion looks like a weakness in RT.
> Clay Bartholomew
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