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How To Do Things With WordsThe William James Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955$
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J.L. Austin

Print publication date: 1975

Print ISBN-13: 9780198245537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245537.001.0001

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Lecture XII

Lecture XII

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(p.148) Lecture XII
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How To Do Things With Words
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J. L. Austin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245537.003.0012

How did the ‘constatives’–‘performatives’ distinction look in the light of theory? In general, and for all utterances considered here, the following were found: happiness/unhappiness dimension; an illocutionary force, truth/falsehood dimension; and a locutionary meaning (sense and reference). This chapter discusses different classes of utterance, classified according to their illocutionary force, by the following more-or-less rebarbative names: verdictives; exercitives; commissives; behabitives; and expositives.

Keywords:   performative utterance, constative utterance, happiness, illocutionary force, expositives, exercitives

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