ERIC Number: ED056580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Sentences and Illocutionary Forces.
This paper considers the way in which a grammar must account for the speaker's knowledge of sentence force as opposed to sentence form or meaning and the way in which this force is related to a sentence. According to the performative analysis approach, the force of each sentence should be stated explicitly as a part of the underlying representation of that sentence. After consideration and rejection of performative analysis, the author suggests an approach which states that sentence force is a function of sentence meaning, analogous to the work in semantics showing that sentence meaning is a function of constituent meaning and sentence form. Three types of relationships between sentence meaning and sentence form (explicit, underdetermined, and idiomatic) are described along with examples of each. A list of references is included. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA.
Note: In Language Research Report No. 4