oa Lagos Notes and Records - The acts of a speech act: an examination of a courtroom discourse
|Article Title||The acts of a speech act: an examination of a courtroom discourse|
|© Publisher:||University of Lagos, Nigeria|
|Journal||Lagos Notes and Records|
|Affiliations||1 Department of English, University of Lagos|
|Publication Date||May 2003|
|Pages||172 - 195|
|Keyword(s)||Christening, Cohesion, Communicative intentions, Declaring war, Delivering judgment, Discourse spoken, Excommunicating, Functional paradigm, Sentencing a criminal, Speech actions, Theory of language, Truth-value and Written language|
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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