International Review of Pragmatics 2 (2010) 118–128 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 101163/187731010X491765 brill.nl/irp Following the Rules of Discourse Jaroslav Peregrin Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, University of Hradec Králové, the Czech Republic email@example.com Abstract Th is review article discusses Rebecca Kukla and Mark Lance’s (2009) book on normative speech act theory and Joseph Heath’s (2008) book on rule following, putting them into the context of the general problem of normativity of human discursive practices (and human practices in gen- eral). Th e upshot of the discussion is that while Heath’s book advances our understanding of the normative dimension of human life, prominently including human language, Kukla and Lance’s one presents a deeply interesting attempt at a framework for the study of discourse taking nor- mativity of language at face value. Keywords rule , normativity , speech acts , evolution In 1956, John Austin stated: 1 Certainly there are a great many uses of language. It’s rather a pity that people are apt to invoke a new use of language whenever they feel so inclined, to help them out of this, that, or the other well-known philosophical tangle; we need more of a framework
International Review of Pragmatics – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: NORMATIVITY; EVOLUTION; RULE; SPEECH ACTS
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