New Work on speech acts

Daniel Fogal, Daniel W. Harris, Matt Moss

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The essays collected in this book represent recent advances in our understanding of speech acts-actions like asserting, asking, and commanding that speakers perform when producing an utterance. The study of speech acts spans disciplines, and embraces both the theoretical and scientific concerns proper to linguistics and philosophy as well as the normative questions that speech acts raise for our politics, our societies, and our ethical lives generally. It is the goal of this book to reflect the diversity of current thinking on speech acts as well as to bring these conversations together, so that they may better inform one another. Topics explored in this book include the relationship between sentence grammar and speech act potential; the fate of traditional frameworks in speech act theory, such as the content-force distinction and the taxonomy of speech acts; and the ways in which speech act theory can illuminate the dynamics of hostile and harmful speech. The book takes stock of well over a half century of thinking about speech acts, bringing this classicwork in linewith recent developments in semantics and pragmatics, and pointing the way forward to further debate and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages437
ISBN (Print)9780198738831
StatePublished - Aug 23 2018


  • Assertion
  • Context
  • Illocutionary force
  • Imperative
  • Interrogative
  • Pragmatics
  • Propositions
  • Semantics
  • Speaker meaning
  • Speech acts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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