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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

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

J. L. Austin

Oxford University Press

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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