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Situations and Speech Acts

Toward a Formal Semantics of Discourse, 1st Edition

Edited by David A. Evans


222 pages

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First published in 1985, this book aims to develop an approach to speech acts that has the virtue of being straight-forward, explicit, formal and flexible enough to accommodate many of the more general problems of interactive verbal communication. The first chapter introduces situation semantics with the second addressing the assumptions implied by the problem of representing speaker intentionality. The third chapter presents a streamlined theory of speech acts and the fourth tests the predictions of the theory in several hypothetical discourse situations. A summary and suggestions for further research is provided in chapter five, and appendices facilitate reference to key concepts.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; List of Figures; Chapter 1 Situations and Speech Acts 1.0. Introduction 1. Situations and Situation-Types 1.2 Discourse Situations 1.3 Speech Acts 1.4 Desiderata for a theory of Speech Acts; Chapter 2 Speech Acts Types 2.0. Introduction 2.1. Effect and Intentionality 2.2. Moves in Discourse Situations 2.3. Some Speech Act Types; Chapter 3 A Theory of Speech Act Interpretation 3.0. Introduction 3.1. Interpretive Constituents 3.2. Illocutionary Mode functions 3.3 Reconciliation with Context 3.4. Matching Types and Implementing Choices; Chapter 4 Speech Acts, Meaning, and Truth 4.0. Introduction 4.1. Orientation in the World 4.2. Assertion and Truth 4.3. Questions and Responses 4.4. Lies; Chapter 5 Summary and Evaluation 5.0. Introduction 5.1. The Thesis Summarized 5.2. The thesis Evaluated 5.3. Directions for Future Research; Notes; Bibliography; Appendix A; Definitions of Concepts; Appendix B: The Speech Act Types; Appendix C: The Formal Apparatus

About the Series

RLE: Discourse Analysis

Discourse analysis is a wide ranging area of study that examines the features of language beyond the limits of a sentence — including vocal, written and sign language, along with any significant semiotic events. It has been employed from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives in an attempt to reveal a person’s socio-psychological characteristics through the practical analysis of naturally-occurring language rather than artificially created examples.

Routledge Library Editions: Discourse Analysis brings together an extensive collection of scholarship that reflects the broad scope of the subject area, examining the relationship of discourse to a number of closely related fields including stylistics, pragmatics, speech, conversation, context, anaphora, grammar and psychology. This set, published between 1979 and 1993, provides a thorough grounding in this key discipline for students of linguistics and psychology, and social sciences in general.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics