Not A Full‐fledged Speech Act?
This chapter considers various arguments that sub-sentence use might not rise to the level of a ‘full-fledged speech act’. Suggested necessary conditions included being a grammatical usage of a linguistic item, expressing a proposition, bearing force, and being literal (in the sense of not being merely conveyed). It then argues that initial doubts notwithstanding, sub-sentence uses actually have all these features.
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