Lecture V

J. L. Austin

in How To Do Things With Words

Published in print September 1975 | ISBN: 9780198245537
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680861 | DOI:
Lecture V

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This chapter asks: is there some precise way in which one can definitely distinguish the performative from the constative utterance? One should naturally ask first whether there is some grammatical (or lexicographical) criterion for distinguishing the performative utterance. The discussion holds that the idea of a performative utterance is that it is to be (or to be included as a part of) the performance of an action. Actions can only be performed by persons, and obviously in our cases the utterer must be the performer.

Keywords: performative utterance; presupposition; truth value; constative utterance

Chapter.  3657 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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