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date: 27 February 2020

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This article aims to connect Austin's seminal notion of a speech act with developments in philosophy of language over the last forty odd years. It starts by considering how speech acts might be conceived in Austin's general theory. Then it turns to the illocutionary acts with which much philosophical writing on speech acts has been concerned, and finally to the performatives which Austin's own treatment of speech as action took off from.

Keywords: speech acts, performatives, philosophy of language, Austin's general theory, illocutionary acts, communication

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