Colloquia, Fall 2018-Spring 2019Chrissy Graham2019-02-14T16:38:58+00:00
All talks are from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in room 32-141 (unless otherwise indicated). For further information, please contact Mitya, Patrick or Filipe. This schedule is subject to change; please check back for changes.
Title: How to do things with nominals. Towards a syntax of nominal speech acts
Going back to Aristotle, classic grammatical description as well as current theories of grammar and the construction of meaning take the sentence to be the object of investigation. In his seminal work, Austin 1962 took a first step towards breaking with this tradition within philosophy of language. He argued that our understanding of meaning has to be informed by the fact that when we say things, we also do things. Different types of sentences give rise to different speech acts such as asserting,…