Publication details [#60410]

Slotta, James. 2015. The perlocutionary is political: Listening as self-determination in a Papua New Guinean polity. Language in Society 44 (4) : 525–552.
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Cambridge University Press


This paper debates one eminent conception of perlocutions in Yopno Papuan speech communities that underscores listener agency in moderating between speech and its effect. It is argued that this cultural idea of perlocutions is linked to a political sensitivity that accents adult men's equality and self-determination. Vice versa political matters pervade folk perlocution models.