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Indexicality, context, and pretense: a speech-act theoretic account

Abstract : In this paper, I argue that the notion of ‘context' that has to be used in the study of indexicals is far from univocal. A first distinction has to be made between the real context of speech and the context in which the speech act is supposed to take place — only the latter notion being relevant when it comes to determining the semantic values of indexicals. Second, we need to draw a distinction between the context of the locutionary act and the context of the illocutionary act : contrary to a standard assumption of speech act theory, they can diverge, and their possible divergence explains a number of puzzling phenomena involving indexicals.
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François Recanati. Indexicality, context, and pretense: a speech-act theoretic account. Noel Burton-Roberts. Advances in Pragmatics, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005. ⟨ijn_00000645⟩



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