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John R. Searle says, How is it possible that when a speaker stands before a hearer and emits an acoustic blast such remarkable things occur as: the speakermeans something; the sounds he emitsmean something; the hearer understands what ismeant; the speakermakes a statement, asks a question, or gives an order? Ludwig Wittgenstein and J.L.Austin each developed their philosophies of language to examine how speakers employ words. Searle is the primary developer and contributor to speech act theory since Austin with his taxonomy of illocutionary acts and structure of intentionality. Searle roots his theory of speech acts in the philosophy of mind. Other contributors to speech act theory deserve recognition for bringing awareness to speaker intention and inference, reciprocity, linguistic communities, conversations, discourses and situational contexts, yet Searle's contribution to speech act theory and mind remains unprecedented.

Keywords:J.L.Austin; John R. Searle; Ludwig Wittgenstein; philosophy of language; philosophy of mind



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