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Title

ENGLISH NOMINAL GROUP IN D. K. OLUKOYA’S PRAYER POINTS

Authors

AKINRINLOLA Temidayo
Department of English Studies,
McPherson University,
Seriki-Sotayo, Abeokuta

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12(2) 2016, pp. 71-90

Language

English

Abstract:

Existing non-linguistic studies on religious discourse have examined the philosophical foundation of faith, while the linguistic ones have explored stylistic and phonological issues in religious sermons. This paper investigates contextual beliefs in the nominal structures of D.K Olukoya’s prayers with the view to describing how contextual variables facilitate meaning during prayer sessions in the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM). Odebunmi’s notion of Mutual Contextual Beliefs serves as the theoretical anchor. Data were drawn from D. K Olukoya’s Prayer Rain and Pray Your Way. 100 prayer points were purposively selected and subjected to contextual analysis. The nominal groups manifested the m h, h q, and m h q structural forms. The most frequent was the m h q. Contextual variables such as: shared cultural knowledge (SCK), shared situation knowledge (SSK), shared word knowledge (SWK),inference (INF) and referents were used to facilitate meaning between pastors and the congregation. The prayers addressed financial, demonic, spiritual, health and social-related issues in Africa. The use of the English language in the prayers of Pentecostal churches is influenced by sociocultural colourations of the African society.

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