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The Calap Model Of Textual Analysis

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The present chapter is concerned with the characteristics of the CALAP model of linguistic analysis and its underlying assumptions concerning languages and texts. It also discusses the implications of this model for the analysis of texts and translations. A proper linguistic analysis should start with the distribution of forms, rather than with the functions that these forms fulfil. A text is considered as a structure in itself, rather than a collection of sentences. Unlike other Text Linguistic approaches, the present approach is hierarchical rather than sequential. The comparison of two 'parallel' text-corpora in different languages adds a new dimension to this analysis. In contrast to some other attempts to subject the Ancient Versions to a computer-assisted analysis, our model aims at a comparison at different linguistic levels, because it cannot be established a priori at which level a comparison between the two texts is most fruitful.

Keywords: Ancient Versions; CALAP Model; linguistic analysis; text-corpora



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