SPEECH ACTS AND RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE: AN ATTEMPT TO EVALUATE THE UTTERANCES IN THE HOLY WRITINGS IN TERMS OF JOHN LANGSHAW AUSTIN’S SPEECH ACTS THEORY

Fikret Osman

Abstract


It is recently seen that religious language is discussed with regard to various theories related to language. In this study, religious language will be evaluated in terms of speech acts theory which is one of the most important theories associated with ordinary language. Accordingly, some questions will be the main concern of this article. Can the matters stated in the speech acts theory be applied to the religious language? If applicable, in what way can it be applied? Should we impose any restriction while applying this theory to the ordinary language? Firstly, it is necessary to discuss speech acts theory of Austin who is one of the most significant agents of the ordinary language philosophy in order to answer these questions. Afterwards, the expressions in The Holy Quran[1] accepted by Muslims as a holy writing will be analysed in the sense of Austin’s theory: It will also be investigated whether the approaches mentioned in Austin’s theory take part in these writings or not.


[1]  Citations of the translation of Quran were retrieved from Meulana Muhammad Ali.

 

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speech acts, locutionary act, illocutionary act, perlocution, utterance, religious language

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Ali, Maulana Muhammad (2018), English Translation of The Holy Quran,

http://www.aaiil.org/text/hq/trans/ma_list.shtml.

Austin, John Langshaw (1962), How to Do Things with Words: The William James Lectures Delivered at Harvard University in 1955, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Allwood, Jens (1977), A Critical Look at Speech Act Theory, https://www.Researchgate. net/publication/2629643_A_Critical_Look_At_Speech_Act_Theory.




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