Publication details [#55460]

Bell, Alan. 2011. Re-constructing Babel: Discourse analysis, hermeneutics and the Interpretive Arc. Discourse Studies 13 (5) : 519–568.
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SAGE Publications


This study discusses how a reconstituted interpretation of Babel, based on intertextual evidence, designates the people’s nay to spread across the earth as the error of Babel, which can thus be read as a manifesto against the monolingual and monocultural drift of ancient and present-day empires. The multilingual outcome implies a positive validation of sociocultural and linguistic variety.