ERIC Number: ED201002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
The Sentence Adverb as an Illocutionary Speech Act.
Benjamin, Robert L.
The position taken in this paper is that the sentence adverb should be viewed not as an occurrence within a sentence but as a kind of illocutionary force marker of a speech art. Three points are argued in the paper: (1) that current linguistic analyses of sentence adverbs are inadequate even to the purposes of the analysts; (2) that treating sentence adverbs as illocutionary speech acts--more precisely, as illocutionary force markers of propositions--will produce an explanatory model meeting the needs of both linguistic analysts and speech act theorists; and (3) that this explanatory model may be profitably adapted to other language problem areas. The paper also suggests a theoretical connection with conversation analysis. Categories of sentence adverbs/illocutionary force markers are offered, as are their essential conditions. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 14-18, 1981).