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By M. Jary

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ISBN-13: 9780230573994

Statement is a time period usually utilized in linguistics and philosophy yet hardly ever outlined. This in-depth research surveys and synthesizes more than a few philosophical, linguistic and mental literature at the subject, after which offers an in depth account of the cognitive approaches eager about the translation of assertions.

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If she has the intention advertised, then she asks a question. The assertion that the speaker wishes to see made correct, in the case of orders, or affirmed or denied, in the case of questions, is identified by the hearer as the assertion that would be performed by the use of a proto-assertion constructed from the lexical elements of the imperative or interrogative sentence. Thus it is not necessary, according to Barker, to assume that there is a common propositional core that (28) to (30) share in order to explain the sense in which they are about the same state of affairs.

As we have just seen, to treat a sentence as true is, on Dummett’s account, to grasp its practical and inferential consequences. What behaviour would count as evidence of grasping these? While other forms of behaviour might demonstrate a grasp of some of the practical consequences of treating a sentence as true, many, perhaps most, of its inferential consequences can only be demonstrated by asserting (or assenting to assertions of) those consequences and denying those statements which are not consequences.

The first problem is that the perception-by-proxy view does not recognise a distinction between understanding an assertion and accepting it. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-20 40 While it is certainly the case that we unreflectively accept many of the assertions directed at us, it is also undoubtedly true that there are many assertions directed at us which we do not accept; yet we still understand these. Comprehension and acceptance, then, are different things, and what a theory of assertion qua speech act should do (especially if it wants to respect the illocutionary/perlocutionary distinction), is to explain the former, not the latter.

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