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Dialectical acts

Following Austin, it’s standard to distinguish between three types of act: locutionary, illocutionary and perlocutionary. I don’t like those names. Following Robert Fogelin and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, I prefer to call them “linguistic,” “speech,” and “conversational” acts. Discussions between me and EJ Coffman have led to the suspicion that we should recognize, at the very least, a four-fold division. I thought I’d run it by you all here to see (a) if you agree, and (b) whether you’re aware of anyone who’s made the same basic point in print.

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