Foundations of Speech Act Theory investigates the importance of speech act theory to the problem of meaning in linguistics and philosophy. The papers in this volume, written by respected philosophers and linguists, significantly advance standards of debate in this area.
Beginning with a detailed introduction to the individual contributors, this collection demonstrates the relevance of speech acts to semantic theory. It includes essays unified by the assumption that current pragmatic theories are not well equipped to analyse speech acts satisfactorily, and concludes with five studies which assess the relevance of speech act theory to the understanding of philosophical problems outside the area of philosophy of language.
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William P. Alston, Syracuse University, USA Kent Bach, San Francisco State University Rod Bertolet, Purdue University, USA Graham H. Bird, University of Manchester William Croft, Stanford University, USA MArcelo Dascal, Tel Aviv University Steven Davis, Simon Fraser University, Canada Robert M. Harnish, University of Arizona David Harrah, University of California David Holdcroft, University of Leeds Jennifer Hornsby, Corpus Christi College, Oxford Asa Kasher, Tel Aviv University John T. Kearns, State University of New York at Buffalo Arthur Merin, University of Munich Huw Price, University of Sydney Francois Recanti, Ecole Poltechnique, Paris Jerold M. Sadock, University of Chicago Charles Travis, University of Stirling S. L. Tsohatzidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece Daniel Vanderverken, Universitie du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada
'Tsohadtzidis's collection of articles contains a series of papers that open new perspectives in the theory of speech acts.' - Bulletin