It is Hereby Performed...

Explorations in legal speech acts

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This book deals with speech acts, especially performatives, that are regarded as ‘operative’ in legal discourse. After a detailed exposition of speech act theory in relation to legislative texts, the author discusses the legal document as a communicative act; potential speech acts and delegated legislation; wills, the marriage ceremony and statutes as reversible performatives; and the distinction between the deictic function of this and the anaphoric function of that in legal documents. The final chapter is concerned with another text type, case reports, and addresses the question whether the judge makes or merely declares the law. This is discussed from the point of view of certain syntactic structures, in particular modal verbs.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, VII:6]  1986.  vii, 81 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
1
1. The Statute as a Speech Act
5
1.1. Introduction
5
1.2. Performatives
6
1.3. Felicity conditions
8
1.4. A statute as a speech act
9
1.5. The legislative sentence as a speech act
15
1.6. Other main clause verbs
23
2. The Legal Document as a Communicative Act
25
3. Potential Speech Acts: The Grammar of Delegating Power
31
3.1. Introduction
31
3.2. Features of potential speech acts
31
3.3. Similar structures
36
3.4. Wills and deeds
39
4. Reversible Performatives
41
5. ‘This’ and ‘That’ in Legal Texts
49
6. What does a Judge do?: Semantics and Pragmatics in Court Judgments
57
6.1. Introduction
57
6.2. Modality
59
6.3. Conditionals
66
6.4. Non-factive predicators
67
6.5. Conclusion
68
Footnotes
71
Appendix
75
References
77
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