Speech Acts and Performatives

Jennifer Hornsby

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552238
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Speech Acts and Performatives

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This article aims to connect Austin's seminal notion of a speech act with developments in philosophy of language over the last forty odd years. It starts by considering how speech acts might be conceived in Austin's general theory. Then it turns to the illocutionary acts with which much philosophical writing on speech acts has been concerned, and finally to the performatives which Austin's own treatment of speech as action took off from.

Keywords: speech acts; performatives; philosophy of language; Austin's general theory; illocutionary acts; communication

Article.  8242 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language

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