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Proper Function and Convention in Speech Acts<sup>*</sup>

Ruth Garret Millikan

in Language: A Biological Model

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284764
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284768.003.0008
 						Proper Function and Convention in Speech Acts*

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A new analysis of the nature of illocutionary acts and of their relation to conventional acts and to the intentions of speakers is offered. The analysis pivots on a new description of the nature of linguistic convention, and on the claim that language devices themselves have purposes that are not derived as a function merely of speaker intentions or policies.

Keywords: Strawson; Grice; conventions; speech acts; illocutionary force; speaker intentions; performatives

Chapter.  10295 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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