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In this chapter, the author emphasizes his agreement with Yiu-ming Fung that one should not think of koans as somehow or other necessarily irrational: "What is irrational is not the koan as a speech act in a non-literal sense, which is of the function of directing mental transformation, but the koan as a speech act in its literal sense". It concentrates author's reply mainly on disagreements. These are about his account of indirect speech acts and his accounts of metaphor. The author emphasizes the way metaphorical utterances can convey propositional contents different from the literal meaning of the sentence. In the indirect speech acts the literal meaning is intended and communicated. In metaphors it is not. In the case of indirect speech acts, one performs two speech acts: a literal secondary speech act and a non-literal intended primary speech act.

Keywords: indirect speech acts; koans; metaphors; Yiu-ming Fung

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