oa Lagos Notes and Records - Cooperative principles in a Nigerian Christian sermon
|Article Title||Cooperative principles in a Nigerian Christian sermon|
|© Publisher:||University of Lagos, Nigeria|
|Journal||Lagos Notes and Records|
|Affiliations||1 *Department of English, University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos. **Department of General Studies, Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka-Yaba, Lagos|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||110 - 125|
|Keyword(s)||Christianity, Co-operative principles, Discourse type, Human interactions, Infringing of maxims, Lexico-grammatical connections, Pragmatics, Religion, Sermon, Spiritual progress and Violation of cooperative principle|
In the light of the assumptions and expectations that underlie communicative behaviour in sermonic discourses and their dependence on contextual inferences rather than linguistic meanings, this paper utilizes the cooperative principles to examine a Nigerian Christian sermon by one of the leading preachers in Nigeria. It is found that the preacher expects the audience to understand his message by relying on the background or previous knowledge which they both share. The paper argues that the fact that utterances are felicitous in spite of the breach of cooperative principles reveals a major weakness in Christian sermonic discourses and reinforces the impression that they are shrouded in mystery.
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