Speech acts have been discovered in philosophy as acts that can be done with words or moves in a language game. They still pose a challenge to semantic theory where, typically, declarative sentences are analysed as denoting propositions. The two views of sentences as containers of information, and as moves in social interaction, can not easily be reconciled. The aim of the class is to bridge the gap by reconsidering what classical semantic denotations express about possible future courses of events and how this interacts with the information available in the context. This faces an additional challenge given that many elements where the semantic denotation is under discussion (aspect in explicit performatives, grammatical mood, modal verbs, particles, expressives, etc.) The enterprise shall shed light on the link between language and action, the meaning of seemingly non-truthfunctional elements, and the classification on speech acts. Eventually, we hope that the insights gained provide a starting point for computational modelling of speech acts.
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