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Forman, Donald. 1974. The speaker knows best principle: Or why some complicated facts about indirect speech acts are really obvious facts about questions and declaratives. Papers from the Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society 10 : 162–177.
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The idea that one can indirectly perform a speech act by asserting or questioning a relevant condition, in conjunction with the principle that a speaker may question only a hearer-proposition and may assert only a speaker-proposition (in other words, that speakers usually ask questions about things that their addressees know about, and that they make assertions about things that they themselves know about), is adduced to explain a large set of indirect speech acts.