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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 VIII

Lecture VIII

(p.94) Lecture VIII
How To Do Things With Words

J. L. Austin

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the distinctions between the phonetic act, the phatic act, and the rhetic act. The phonetic act is merely the act of uttering certain noises. The phatic act is the uttering of certain vocables or words, i.e. noises of certain types, belonging to and as belonging to, a certain vocabulary, conforming to and as conforming to a certain grammar. The rhetic act is the performance of an act of using those vocables with definite sense and reference. The discussion holds that the illocutionary act and even the locutionary act, too, involve conventions. The perlocutionary act always includes some consequences, as when one says ‘By doing this, I was doing that’.

Keywords:   locutions, explicit performative, illocutionary act, phonetic act, phatic act, rhetic act

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