Propositional Structure and Illocutionary Force: A Study of the Contribution of Sentence Meaning to Speech Acts

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Harvard University Press, 1980 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 249 pages
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This book offers a new theory of the structure of propositions, which provides a uniform treatment of constative and performative sentences. Jerrold Katz shows that performatives can enter into logically valid arguments, even though, as Austin claimed, they can't be true or false. Katz also argues that ‚eoespeech act theory‚e is not a theory at all, but an assortment of observations about heterogeneous aspects of the performance of speech acts. He shows that a better explanation of speech acts is given by a grammatical account of the iIIocutionary potential of sentences and a separate pragmatic account of how this potential is realized in actual speech situtations. Katz provides such a grammatical account, which makes it possible for the first time to explain the iIIocutionary potential of sentences within grammar.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Relation Between Speech Act Theory
9
Sentence Type and Propositional Type
37
Aspects of Propositional Content
59
CONTENTS
119
The Distinction
135
Prospects for a Theory of Propositional Type
195
Index
243
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