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Verschueren, Jef. 1981. The pragmatics of text acts. Journal of Literary Semantics 10 (1) : 10–19.
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An attempt to apply the principles of a theory of linguistic pragmatics which unites studies of presupposition, implicatures and speech acts (see J. Verschueren 1978: 'Reflections on presupposition failure') to present an analysis of Anthony Shaffer's play 'Sleuth'. The application is intended both as a test case for the theory, and as an attempt to illustrate the dynamic nature of texts, or text acts.