[lit-ideas] Re: There's no such thing as a free cremation

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 13:16:33 +0000 (GMT)


> The reason I asked whether it was a performative -- "I can't 
> wait" -- is that it does what it says: it doesn't wait AND 
> it mocks.

'This sentence contains five words.'

This does what it says. But it is hardly a performative utterance in Austin's
sense.

Compare: 'This will make you laugh'.

Donal

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