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The Speech Act Theory in English and Arabic

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DOI: 10.4236/ojml.2014.41003    5,997 Downloads   9,118 Views Citations


This paper is mainly concerned with proving that it is not Wittgenstein, the German philosopher, who actually seeded the main gist of the Speech Act Theory; there are others who preceded him (and all those who followed him, the first of whom is Austin) in doing so: Arab scholars. Accordingly, this work starts by reviewing the most basic ideas of the original theory proposed by Austin and developed by Searle. The basic ideas presented by the Arabic theory are presented in the second section, and then a contrast between the two is made.

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Al-Hindawi, F. , Al-Masu’di, H. & Mirza, R. (2014). The Speech Act Theory in English and Arabic. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 4, 27-37. doi: 10.4236/ojml.2014.41003.

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