Subjective assertions are weak: Exploring the illocutionary profile of perspective-dependent predicates

  • Andrea Beltrama

Abstract

Sentences containing subjective predicates – e.g., “The movie was awesome” – are intuitively anchored to a particular perspective; this makes them different from sentences describing objective facts – e.g., “The movie was set in 1995”. While authors have long debated on whether this intuition tracks a lexical distinction between subjective and factual predicates, much remains to be explored on whether, and how, the difference between these two assertions is reflected at the illocutionary level. Relying on evidence from two experiments, we show that assertions containing subjective predicates display different discourse behavior from objective assertions. We take these findings to support the idea that SAs should be assigned a special illocutionary profile, unveiling a genuine empirical difference between subjective and factual speech.
Published
2019-05-15
How to Cite
Beltrama, A. (2019). Subjective assertions are weak: Exploring the illocutionary profile of perspective-dependent predicates. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(1), 160-173. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2018.v22i1.84