Performative Linguistics: Speaking and Translating as Doing Things with Words

By Douglas Robinson

During this booklet, Douglas Robinson introduces a brand new contrast among 'constative' and 'performative' linguistics, arguing that Austin's contrast can be utilized to appreciate linguistic methodologies. Constative linguistics, Robinson indicates, contains methodologies aimed toward 'freezing' language as an summary signal process, whereas performative linguistics explores how language is used or 'performed' in these speech occasions. Robinson then assessments his speculation at the act of translation.
Drawing on more than a few language students and theorists, Performative Linguistics consolidates the various disparate action-approaches to language right into a new paradigm for the research of language.

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