Affiliations of Place, Race, Face and Faith in the Opening of Al-Isra' Quranic Discourse
Sami AL-Heeh

From a sociolinguistic as well as a pragmalinguistic perspective, this cognitive, small-scale study investigates the language features depicted in the opening of Al-Isra' Quranic discourse. It conceives the discourse as Arabic for tourism. The study aims to describe and interpret the rhetorical features of the word selected, the language functions intended and the styles used to explain the affiliations of the discourse. The study builds on critical discourse analysis (CDA) as a research method. The study integrates both Fairclough's 2013 three-dimensional analytical framework and Van Dijk's 1998 syntactic, semantic and schematic analytical approaches. It has been found that the opening of Al-Isra' Quranic discourse displays affiliations of race, place, face and faith. The study presents the findings in categories and subcategories. It concludes that word choice, language functions, styles, speech and voice are all employed to advance a genre having the features of Arabic for tourism. Finally, the researcher implicates for pedagogy and research.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jisc.v5n2a7