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How To Do Things With Words: The William James Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955

J.L. Austin


This work sets out the author's conclusions in the field to which he directed his main efforts for at least the last ten years of his life. Starting from an examination of his already well-known distinction between performative utterances and statements, he finally abandons that distinction, replacing it with a more general theory of ‘illocutionary forces’ of utterances, which has important bearings on a wide variety of philosophical problems.

Keywords: performative utterances, statements, grammar, philosophical problems, locutionary act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1975 Print ISBN-13: 9780198245537
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J.L. Austin, author