oa Lagos Notes and Records - The acts of a speech act: an examination of a courtroom discourse

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0075-7640



This essay begins by suggesting that early works in the speech act theory exhibit some inadequacies, especially the use of idealized utterances and speakers isolated from natural contexts. It goes on to provide a review of theoretical issues by highlighting the major focus in the theory; the exploration of how the theory considers a piece of language use as action. Modem writings on the application of the theory to the analysis of stretches of utterances (discourse) are also highlighted.

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