The aim of this paper is to evaluate which context determines the illocutionary force of written or recorded utterances – those involved in written texts, films and images, conceived as recordings that can be seen or heard in different occasions. In particular I will try to assess two different perspectives on this problem, a Conventionalist Perspective and an Intentionalist Perspective. Drawing on the literature on indexicals in written texts and recorded messages, I will argue in favour of the Intentionalist Perspective: the relevant context is the one intended by the speaker. Bringing intentions into the picture, however, requires qualification; in particular, I will distinguish my Weak Intentionalist proposal from a Strong Intentionalist one. I will show that the Weak Intentionalist Perspective is flexible enough to deal with cases of delayed communication, but not so unrestricted as to yield counter-intuitive consequences.

Atti linguistici, contesti e comunicazione differita

BIANCHI , CLAUDIA GIOVANNA DANIELA
2013-01-01

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to evaluate which context determines the illocutionary force of written or recorded utterances – those involved in written texts, films and images, conceived as recordings that can be seen or heard in different occasions. In particular I will try to assess two different perspectives on this problem, a Conventionalist Perspective and an Intentionalist Perspective. Drawing on the literature on indexicals in written texts and recorded messages, I will argue in favour of the Intentionalist Perspective: the relevant context is the one intended by the speaker. Bringing intentions into the picture, however, requires qualification; in particular, I will distinguish my Weak Intentionalist proposal from a Strong Intentionalist one. I will show that the Weak Intentionalist Perspective is flexible enough to deal with cases of delayed communication, but not so unrestricted as to yield counter-intuitive consequences.
speech acts, indexicals, illocutionary force, context, recordings, Intentionalism
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