ERIC Number: ED140617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Proceedings of the Texas Conference on Performatives, Presuppositions and Implicatures.
Rogers, Andy, Ed.; And Others
The ten papers in this volume are largely revisions of papers presented at the Texas conference, held March 22-24, 1973. The first paper, "Against Universal Semantic Representation," by Gilbert Harman, argues against the need for (and the possibility of) a level of semantic representation in a theory of language. "Remarks on the Lexicography of Performative Verbs," by James D. McCawley, is primarily concerned with a characterization of performativity. "A Classification of Illocutionary Acts," by John R. Searle, sets up a classification scheme in terms of illocutionary acts, rather than illocutionary verbs. The next two papers, "Where to Do Things with Words," by John Robert Ross, and "Aspects of Linguistic Pragmatics," by Jerrold M. Sadock, concern themselves with the question of how to treat cases in which what a sentence might be said to mean is not what the speaker might be said to have meant. "What You Can Do with Words: Politeness, Pragmatics and Performatives," by Robin Lakoff, explores politeness in language. "Pragmatics in Natural Logic," by George Lakoff, shows how three pragmatic conerns (indexical elements, performatives and implicatures) can be incorporated into a generative semantics theory. The final three papers deal with the problems of presupposition: "Pragmatic Presuppositions," by Robert Stalnaker; "Presupposition and Linguistic Context," by Lauri Karttunen; and "Where Pragmatics Fits In," by Richard H. Thomason. Suggestions for further reading are appended. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: English, Generative Grammar, Language, Language Classification, Language Usage, Lexicography, Linguistic Theory, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, Verbs
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.