Discourse Analysis of Arganon: An Ethiopic Ecclesiastic Work by Ghiorgis Degasicha

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Addis Ababa University


This thesis sets out to explore the position of Ethiopian ecclesiastic Geez literature of the fifteenth century. The method used is analytic and discourse analysis . The central aim is to find a theoretical framework for the analysis of Arganon. The text is chosen as a response to expatriate and Ethiopian scholars who are su s picious of the preva lence of longstanding indigenous literary culture. For example, Ullendorf (1945), Harden (1928), Amsalu (1976) and Hayatt (1928) claim that Ethiopia did not have ecclesiastic literary culture which is an integral part of the history of the nation. Some of them even pointed out that Ethiopic literature is a direct replica of Syrian, Coptic, Greek, Hebrew and other oriental church. It follows that there is no literature of na tional origin. Against this back drop, Ethiopian writers have exerted considerable impact on the country's literary thinking. An example of such beginning is the work of Getachew Haile who a ccredited the existence or li te rary tradition which is an in tegral part of the hi s tory of the n ation. There are also many works in DFLL which attract readers' attention not only for their religious values but also for their focus on political, econurnic, social, philosophical and religious . However, much research has not yet been done in th e area of Geez literature. This thesis thus, aims at carrying out Discourse Analysis of Arganon. There arc two main sec tions in this thesis. Theory and a pplication : Chapter one focuses on the purpose and organization of the th esis. Chapter two provides a fundamental assumption about the nature of discourse analysis and identifies the major fea tures of discursive theories. Chapter three deals with discourse analysis of Arganon and the methodological core of the thesis. Chapter four is devoted to conclusion and offers recommendation. In the conclusion, the composition provides findings and recommendation. 'I'he researcher COlncs vvi th new findings of the sirnilarities of Litany of Loreto Sixteenth century literary work of Roman Catholic Church and Arganon a Gamous literary work of Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Both deals with the praise of Mary



Discourse Analysis, Arganon, Ethiopic