Uptake: understanding or accepting?



Published 16-02-2021
Antonio Blanco Salgueiro


Austin introduces the idea of securing the uptake in the context of dealing with the illocution-perlocution distinction. In recent times, the notion is employed by some neoaustinian scholars to argue that the uptake is what triggers the deontic effects (rights, duties, obligations, permissions, etc.) associated to an illocution. Here, a distinction is made between two kinds of uptake: uptake-as-understanding and uptake-as-accepting, and the stance that the second is the one needed for a plausible theory of speech action inspired by Austin’s original ideas is defended. When that notion is adopted, some old problems about speech action can be clarified.

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Blanco Salgueiro, A. (2021). Uptake: understanding or accepting?. THEORIA, 36(1), 63–79. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.21267
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uptake, understanding, accepting, illocution, intention, convention, deontic effects.