Performative Linguistics

Douglas Robinson, Performative Linguistics: Speaking and Translating as Doing Things With Words

Adopts J.L. Austin's famous distinction between performatives and constatives as a guide to linguistic methodologies: "constative" linguists aim to "freeze" language as a stable abstract sign system cut off from use (more or less the mainstream twentieth-century tradition in linguistics), while "performative" linguistics aims to explore how language gets used or "performed" in those speech situations. Austin on performatives, Jacques Derrida on iterability, Douglas Robinson on the somatics of language, Daniel Simeoni on the translator's habitus, Mikhail Bakhtin on double-voicing, and H. Paul Grice on conversational implicature.

cloth US $104.95

ISBN 0415300363

London and New York: Routledge, 2003


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