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

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 16:54:49 EST

My favourite false performative is the last page of the phone bill -- it is  
entirely blank except for one sentence in the middle.  It always  reads:  
"This page is intentionally blank."
Julie Krueger

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> 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

Compare: 'This will make you  laugh'.


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