Speech Acts and Music Acts: Intentionality in language and music

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In this paper, I consider J. L. Austin's William James Lectures 'How to do Things with Words', in order to ask to what extent Austin’s notion of the speech-act might also be applicable to music. Are there ‘music-acts’, and what would such a possibility tell us about music and its evolution, its relationship to language, and its social functions?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-142
JournalRivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio
Issue number01
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • speech-act
  • Austin
  • Jankélévitch
  • intention
  • music


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