Metapragmatics and its discontents


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Pragmatics as part of a broad cultural critique; pragmatics as a source and expression of discontent with various idealizing constitutions of subjectivity; pragmatics as illocutionary, perlocutionary, and metalocutionary implicature; pragmatics as a jailbreak out of la langue and a studied breaking of parole. The paper ranges widely, moving through recent Journal of Pragmatics essays by Silvana Borutti and Herman Parret to confront theories of language and civilization offered by Nietzsche, Freud, and Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Austin, and Grice, and their implications for metapragmatics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-671
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1986

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence


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