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Pericope Markers And The Paragraph Textual And Linguistic Implications

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This chapter recognizes that, despite the lack of attention given to larger-level units, the notion of the paragraph merits study in terms of both ancient practice and modern theory. Despite conflicting notions regarding the paragraph in linguistic thought, there are a number of common features that can be identified. Furthermore, there is abundant evidence of an intuitive notion of the paragraph being used in ancient documents, and with some close scrutiny, one can perceive at least some of the motivating theoretical nature of paragraph differentiation. The chapter summarizes what has been said in recent linguistic thought regarding the paragraph, and then scrutinizes a representative ancient manuscript in terms of its paragraph structure. The notion of the paragraph is problematic, but the author believes that examination of ancient practice may help us to gain insight into the continuing contentious nature of the paragraph.

Keywords: linguistic theory; paragraph structure



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