Essays in Speech Act Theory

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Any study of communication must take into account the nature and role of speech acts in a broad context. This book addresses questions such as:
- What do we mean?
- How do we say it? and
- How is it understood?
in the broad context of universal, socio-cultural and psychological issues that bear on human communication. It presents an overview of current issues in speech act ...
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Overview

Any study of communication must take into account the nature and role of speech acts in a broad context. This book addresses questions such as:
- What do we mean?
- How do we say it? and
- How is it understood?
in the broad context of universal, socio-cultural and psychological issues that bear on human communication. It presents an overview of current issues in speech act theory that are at the center of human and social sciences dealing with language, thought and action, building on John Searle’s famous article ‘How Performatives Work’ (included in this book).
The contributions by linguists, psychologists, computer scientists, and philosophers thus address issues of communication that are crucial in conversation analysis, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, psychology and philosophy, and a general understanding of how we communicate.
The book is suitable for courses with an extensive bibliography for further reading and an Index.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Pt. I General Theory 23
Ch. 2 Universal Grammar and Speech Act Theory 25
Ch. 3 Verbal Mood & Sentence Mood in the Tradition of Universal Grammar 63
Ch. 4 How Performatives Work 85
Ch. 5 Possible Directions of Fit between Mind, Language and the World 109
Pt. II Discourse and Interlocution 119
Ch. 6 Speech Acts and the Logic of Mutual Understanding 121
Ch. 7 Utterance Acts and Speech Acts 135
Ch. 8 An Ascription-Based Theory of Illocutionary Acts 151
Ch. 9 An Approach for Modelling and Simulating Conversations 175
Pt. III Speech Acts in Linguistics 207
Ch. 10 Illocutionary Morphology and Speech Acts 209
Ch. 11 Speech Act Construction: Illocutionary Forces and Conventionality 225
Ch. 12 Speech Act Theory and the Analysis of Conversation 239
Ch. 13 Speech Acts and Relevance Theory 263
Notes 285
References 303
Notes on Contributors 321
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