Abstracts - Keen

Ian KeenAspects of religious language

Ian Keen

Australian National University

Alan Rumsey’s linguistic anthropology is notable for its diversity, from the pragmatics of kinship, through concepts of agency, to communicative roles and language acquisition. Taking Keane's analysis as its starting point, this paper echoes that diversity in examining the ways in which forms of religious language play on dimensions of communicative roles and functions including setting; speaker, hearer and audience; genre, style and register; and indeterminacy of reference.


Keane, Webb 1997 Religious Language. Annual Review of Anthropology 26th edition, pp. 47-7

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