Paper: Performatives In A Rationally Based Speech Act Theory

ACL ID P90-1011
Title Performatives In A Rationally Based Speech Act Theory
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1990

This paper provides a theory of performatives as a test case for our rationally based theory of illocutionary acts. We show why "I request you"... is a request, and "I lie to you that p" is self-defeating. The analysis supports and extends earlier work of theorists such as Bach and Harnish [1] and takes issue with recent claims by Searle [10] that such performative-as-declarative analyses are doomed to failure. *This paper was made possible by a contract from ATR International to SRI International, by a gift from the Systems Development Foundation, and by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The views and conclusions contained in this document axe those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representative of the official policies, either e...