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Reply To A.P. Martinich

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This chapter presents the author's reply to A.P. Martinich, regarding speech act is the fundamental unit of analysis in the philosophy of language. It is essential to understand the nature of the speech act that it is intentional. When Conan Doyle wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories, he described Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as living at 221B Baker Street. There are some further important points made by Martinich. The author said that one has to think about fiction as an institution like any other, the main difference being that fiction is an informal institution. In some sense, any general human practice can be considered an institution, but notice there is a huge difference between fiction on the one hand and such institutions as private property, marriage or government, on the other.

Keywords: A.P. Martinich; Conan Doyle; non-fictional discourse; Sherlock Holmes

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