Publication details [#3723]

Geukens, Steven K.J. 1978. The distinction between direct and indirect speech acts: Towards a surface approach. Journal of Pragmatics 2 (3) : 261–276.
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Article in journal
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Language as a subject
Person as a subject


G. argues that there is more of a one-to-one relation between surface form and encoded illocutionary force than is claimed for example by Sadock (1974: 'Toward a linguistic theory of speech acts') and Green (1975: 'Nonsense and reference'). To show this, he takes a closer look at Sadock's examples illustrating the distribution of 'please'.