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Speech Acts

Speech Act Theory, pioneered by 20th century philosopher including Wittgenstein, Austin, Grice, and Searle, looks at ordinary language in terms of action, treats meaning as a matter of use, and emphasizes the power of language to shape social and material reality. Issues include how individual intentions shape meaning, how social conventions crate, shape, limit, or enhance individual meaning, the question of authority--its grounding and its scope, and more.

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