Utterance content, speaker's intentions and linguistic liability



Published 25-10-2017
Claudia Picazo Jaque


According to contextualists, communication has to do with pragmatically adjusted content, not with conventional meaning. This pragmatic content is sometimes identified with speaker meaning or with the thought the speaker intends to express. I will argue that given the sociolinguistic role of utterance content—the fact it provides reasons for action, liabilities and entitlements—locutionary content should not be modelled as a variety of speaker meaning.

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Picazo Jaque, C. (2017). Utterance content, speaker’s intentions and linguistic liability. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 32(3), 329–345. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.16720
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