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Thu, January 20, 2022
Start: 07:00 PM
End: 09:00 PM

We are excited to announce another meeting of the Linguistics Circle, the first one of 2022, on Thursday, January 20, from 7-9pm (EST). This month, one of our PhD candidates, Iain Sungmin Park, will be presenting a paper entitled, “The Indexical Meaning of the Galilean Dialect in Peter’s Denial of Jesus.” The following is a brief description of the paper:

This paper aims at identifying the potential meaning of Peter’s Galilean dialect of Aramaic in Caiaphas’s courtyard. In this study, there are two sociolinguistic inquiries: macro-sociolinguistics and micro-sociolinguistics. Macro-sociolinguistics examines the different multilingual environments between Judea and Galilee that resulted in the distinctive feature of the Galilean dialect of Aramaic. Micro-sociolinguistics determines the social meaning in Peter’s Galilean dialect in relation to his social identities in Caiaphas’s courtyard, where Judean leaders strongly promoted an ideology of Jesus as the false Messiah.

Due to the online format during this pandemic, we have had the opportunity to have participants from all over the world join the Circle, including from the US, China, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Brazil, among other places. For the Zoom link and copy of the paper, please visit the CBLTE forum (forum.cblte.org), or contact Dr. Dave Yoon (yoond2@mcmaster.ca) for access. We look forward to another enlightening discussion on how linguistics can inform our understanding of the biblical text!

Linguistics Circle is a monthly gathering where we have a paper distributed to interested people beforehand, and discussed during the meeting. Anyone interested in biblical linguistics is welcome to join.

All meetings are on a Thursday evening, from 7-9pm. For those interested in joining and not yet a member of CBLTE, please contact Dr. Dave Yoon  to get connected.