Ideal in introductory courses dealing with grammatical structure and linguistic analysis, Introduction to Typology overviews the major grammatical categories and constructions in the world's languages. Framed in a typological perspective, the constant concern of this primary text is to underscore the similarities and differences which underlie the vast array of human languages.
Chapter 14: Morphosyntax of Speech Acts
Morphosyntax of Speech Acts
There is no question that language is put to use for many different purposes. It is used for developing and destroying relationships, for establishing group solidarity, for thinking, for affirming and determining social position, for education, for aesthetic reasons, and just for fun. At the core of each of these functions is the truism that language operates as a medium through which we can interact with one another. For verbal communication to expedite human interchange, it must, at a minimum, provide ways to present information, to glean information, and to manipulate behavior. When speakers engage in these linguistic pursuits, they are said to be committing a speech act. Given how basic such communicative needs are, it comes as ...