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Title: From Utterances to Speech Acts
Written By: Mikhail V. Kissine

Most of the time our utterances are automatically interpreted as speech acts: as assertions, conjectures and testimonies; as orders, requests and pleas; as threats, offers and promises. Surprisingly, the cognitive correlates of this essential component of human communication have received little attention. This book fills the gap by providing a model of the psychological processes involved in interpreting and understanding speech acts. The theory is framed in naturalistic terms and is supported by data on language development and on autism spectrum disorders. Mikhail Kissine does not presuppose any specific background and addresses a crucial pragmatic phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is a valuable resource for academic researchers and graduate and undergraduate students in pragmatics, semantics, cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics and philosophy of language. Table of Contents Introduction 1. Austin's distinctions revisited 2. Intentional states and locutionary acts 3. Constative speech acts 4. Directive speech acts 5. Speech acts, autism spectrum disorders and typical development 6. Commissive speech acts Conclusion

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781107009769
Pages: 206
Prices: U.S. $ 95.00