Semantics, Performatives and Truth

@inproceedings{Harris1977SemanticsPA,
  title={Semantics, Performatives and Truth},
  author={Roy Harris},
  year={1977}
}
Not saying what you mean and not meaning what you say are, by common consent, deplorable defects in any language user. It might seem an even more deplorable defect in a language to provide usages which, at least on a simple-minded view, oblige us to say other than what we might be taken to mean, or to mean other that what we might be taken to have said. But that is constantly what natural languages do, and it is one of the hazards of using them. Now this may be a lamentable state of affairs… CONTINUE READING

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