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Meaning and force : the pragmatics of performative utterances

Responsibility François Recanati
Series Cambridge studies in philosophy / general editor, Ernest Sosa
Material Type Book
Publisher Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] : Cambridge University Press
Year c1987
Language English
Size x, 278 p. ; 23 cm
Abstract Professor Recanati's book is a major new contribution to the philosophy of language. Its point of departure is a refutation of two views central to the work of speech-act theorists such as Austin & Se...rle: that speech acts are essentially conventional, & that the force of an utterance can be made fully explicit at the level of sentence-meaning & is in principle a matter of linguistic decoding. The author argues that no utterance can be fully understood simply in terms of its linguistic meaning, but that only a contextual inference can provide an adequate framework. In pursuit of this argument, he deals with the major issues of pragmatics & speech-act theory: conversational implicatives & indirect speech acts, the classification of illocutionary forces, the performative/constative distinction, delocutivity, locutionary meaning, non-literal uses of languages, the principle of expressibilty, & the difference between institutional & communicative illocutionary acts. show more


Central Library 1A 068582192004074 801/R 22/1 1987

Languages and Cultures 052212002002280 801/R 22 1987

Bibliographic details

Other titles original title:Les Enoncés performatifs
Notes Bibliography: p. 267-272
Includes index
Authors *Récanati, François, 1952-
Subjects LCSH:Meaning (Philosophy)
LCSH:Semantics (Philosophy)
LCSH:Performative (Philosophy)
LCSH:Convention (Philosophy)
Classification LCC:B840
ID 1000533562
ISBN 0521303532
NCID BA03512272
Vol ISBN:0521303532
Created Date 2009.09.14
Modified Date 2009.09.14

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