Speech Acts in Some Selected Sermons

  • Abeer Hadi Salih, Hashim A. M. Alhusseini


Communication is the primary and fundamental function of language by which we express concepts, thoughts, terms, words, and emotional states. Every human being uses language to communicate his/her affairs. The current study is an attempt to analyze some selected sermons in terms of  speech acts theory, a theory that has become  influential in the study of  linguistics, i.e. speech acts theory. This theory has philosophical inquiries; as it deals with what we do when we speak in a certain context and the functions of what we utter. In social and spoken interaction, language is not used in isolation of non-linguistic conditions and does not occur in a vacuum. The speech acts theory allows the speaker to account for such conditions in a systematic and explicit way.