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Pieter A. M. Seuren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559473.001.0001

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Speech acts: socially binding force

Speech acts: socially binding force

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(p.133) 4 Speech acts: socially binding force
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Language in Cognition
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Pieter A. M. Seuren (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559473.003.0004

The late emergence of speech‐act theory is sketched. The primary function of language is claimed to be the establishment of socially binding commitments with regard to a proposition. The concept of liability condition, next to truth condition, is introduced. All forms of sign‐giving stand under a socially binding force operator. Arguments are provided to show the linguistic reality of speech‐act operators.

Keywords:   Austin, liability conditions, performative hypothesis, social binding, the social reality of obligations, speech act

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