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How to do things with Sanskrit: Speech act theory and the oral performance of sacred texts

Taylor, McComas


It is now half a century since J. L. Austin published his seminal work, How to Do Things with Words, in which he first articulated his theory of speech acts. Since then, his core idea that verbal utterances convey more than what is simply implied by the words alone has become axiomatic. In this paper, I will describe the use of Sanskrit verses in an oral tradition known in Hindi as a Bha¯gavata-katha¯ ("Divine narrative" or "Stories about God"), as practiced by teachers in the International...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Numen
DOI: 10.1163/15685276-12341390


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