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Current issues in the ontology and form of directive speech acts : A critical assessment of recent cognitive linguistic approaches

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A general issue in pragmatics concerns the definitions of speech act (SA) types. Cognitive linguists agree that a directive SA involves a speaker exerting a force towards her addressee's (A) performance of some action, and the subtypes of directives have been approached in terms of a metaphorical grounding based on force image-schemas. These idealized cognitive models include graded features, the values and the centrality of which differ across directive subtypes. I address the relationship between the form of utterances used as directives and the ontology of directives, and I discuss recent experiments supporting a view of SAs as graded categories. I show that these approaches enable adopting an empirically adequate distinction between the levels of pragmatic meaning and semantic meaning, which raises interesting possibilities for further experimental work on speech act recognition in cognitive linguistics.
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speech acts, directive acts, ontology of directives, cognitive linguistics, REQUESTS

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Ruytenbeek, Nicolas. “Current Issues in the Ontology and Form of Directive Speech Acts : A Critical Assessment of Recent Cognitive Linguistic Approaches.” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PRAGMATICS, vol. 11, no. 2, 2019, pp. 200–21.
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Ruytenbeek, N. (2019). Current issues in the ontology and form of directive speech acts : A critical assessment of recent cognitive linguistic approaches. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PRAGMATICS, 11(2), 200–221.
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Ruytenbeek, Nicolas. 2019. “Current Issues in the Ontology and Form of Directive Speech Acts : A Critical Assessment of Recent Cognitive Linguistic Approaches.” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PRAGMATICS 11 (2): 200–221.
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Ruytenbeek, Nicolas. 2019. “Current Issues in the Ontology and Form of Directive Speech Acts : A Critical Assessment of Recent Cognitive Linguistic Approaches.” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PRAGMATICS 11 (2): 200–221.
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Ruytenbeek N. Current issues in the ontology and form of directive speech acts : A critical assessment of recent cognitive linguistic approaches. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PRAGMATICS. 2019;11(2):200–21.
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N. Ruytenbeek, “Current issues in the ontology and form of directive speech acts : A critical assessment of recent cognitive linguistic approaches,” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PRAGMATICS, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 200–221, 2019.
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  abstract     = {A general issue in pragmatics concerns the definitions of speech act (SA) types. Cognitive linguists agree that a directive SA involves a speaker exerting a force towards her addressee's (A) performance of some action, and the subtypes of directives have been approached in terms of a metaphorical grounding based on force image-schemas. These idealized cognitive models include graded features, the values and the centrality of which differ across directive subtypes. I address the relationship between the form of utterances used as directives and the ontology of directives, and I discuss recent experiments supporting a view of SAs as graded categories. I show that these approaches enable adopting an empirically adequate distinction between the levels of pragmatic meaning and semantic meaning, which raises interesting possibilities for further experimental work on speech act recognition in cognitive linguistics.},
  author       = {Ruytenbeek, Nicolas},
  issn         = {1877-3095},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PRAGMATICS},
  keywords     = {speech acts,directive acts,ontology of directives,cognitive linguistics,REQUESTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {200--221},
  title        = {Current issues in the ontology and form of directive speech acts : A critical assessment of recent cognitive linguistic approaches},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/18773109-01102101},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2019},
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