Utterance content, speaker's intentions and linguistic liability

Claudia Picazo Jaque

Abstract


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.

Keywords


what is said, utterance content, speaker meaning, intentions, linguistic liability, responsibilities

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.16720