Lecture VI

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 VI

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This chapter considers the explicit in contrast with the primary performative, claiming that the former would be naturally evolved from the latter as language and society develop. However, this does not remove all the troubles in the search for a list of explicit performative verbs. The discussion considers some of these other more primitive devices in speech; some of the roles that can be taken over by the device of the explicit performative: mood, tone of voice, cadence, emphasis; adverbs and adverbial phrases; connecting particles; accompaniments of the utterances; and the circumstances of the utterance.

Keywords: utterances; first person; explicit performative; mood; tone; adverbs; verbal performance

Chapter.  4021 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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