The Pragmatics of Prayer: A Linguistic-Pragmatic Approach to the Liturgy of the Catholic Mass

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The Pragmatics of Prayer: A Linguistic-Pragmatic Approach to the Liturgy of the Catholic Mass

Type: Master thesis
Title: The Pragmatics of Prayer: A Linguistic-Pragmatic Approach to the Liturgy of the Catholic Mass
Author: van der Zwan, Thomas
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: pragmatics, ethics, intersubjectivity, Wittgenstein, ritual, Mass, religion
Abstract: I contrast naturally occurring conversation with the Liturgy of the Catholic Mass, focussing on speech acts, implicatures, the intersubjective/argumentative nature of language, and on uncooperative communication. This comparison allows me to determine what the characteristics of Mass are as an activity type (Levinson 1992), and to reflect from a Wittgensteinian point of view on the philosophical implications of the results gained. Ultimately, I show that human communication with the divine, i.e. prayer, closely resembles interpersonal communication in the ethical realm.
Supervisor: Boogaart, Ronny
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Linguistics (Master)
Specialisation: Language and Communication
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52521
 

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