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Frame Theory

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This chapter introduces the properties of frame theory that are relevant for analyzing the structure and contents of Mark's oral-aural narrative. Frames have their own organizational principles to structure concepts within them. Thus, incoming information can be understandable because it is structured in terms of frames' structuring principles. When it comes to story processing, six major types of frames are useful: Event, person, object, thing or place, and stories, which have their own prototypical components and structures. Since frames contain not only a variety of structuring principles but also a set of interrelated and mutually predictable concepts, they are capable of organizing incoming information or stories. The chapter focuses on frame's nature, type, and function. The ultimate concern of this exploration is to establish theoretical foundations for analyzing how the Controversy Stories (Mark 2.1-3.6) are organized in terms of frames whereby the aural audience can readily comprehend and remember them.

Keywords: controversy stories; frame theory; Gospel of Mark; oral-aural narrative



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