Friday, October 31, 2008
I just published a article titled Speech Act Theory, Linguistics, Theology and a New Revolution of Understanding. I believe that Speech Act Theory will create a new way of understanding both human language and human experience. Lace did her dissertation of the subject. I few words about hoe Biblical Scholars have used and misused Speech Act Theory. The founding insights of Speech Act Theory are that speakers do action with language and that these actions can be categorized in a limited number of types. Many contemporary theologians have attempted to take up Speech Act Theory such as Kevin Vanhoozer, Richard Briggs, and many others. I say attempted in that they understood the first insight that a speaker/writer does action with language, (though some collapse speaker's action with language and language as agent of action, but that is for another post), but that neglect the second insight of having limited number of categories. This has led to some potholes in the project of using Speech Act theory as a tool for understanding, rather it has led to using it as a tool of defense and Apologitics.