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Chapter Three: Speech Act Theory, Style and John 4:1-42: Some Preliminary Observations

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Chapter Summary

This chapter explores the implications of speech act theory, specifically with reference to a pericope in the Gospel of John. With the help of this theory, discourses and dialogues in the Gospel are analyzed in a way that allows for a much more comprehensive description of the style of the Gospel than was previously possible. For practical reasons, the dialogue with the woman at the well has been chosen as an example to show how many of the features of speech act theory can be utilized to obtain a better and more comprehensive understanding of the style of the Gospel. The chapter introduces the reader to the basic concepts of the theory and elucidates those facets that come into play in the analysis of the example text.

Keywords: biblical texts; Gospel of John; speech act theory; stylistic analysis



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