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Annotative Bibliography Greg Fortunato COMS 4334 3/28/11 Dr. Brooks The Methods of Speech Act Theory The speech act theory was created by a philosopher named John Searle (1969) in order to further understand human language. The main idea behind this theory is that a listener must full understand the speaker’s intention in order to completely grasp the message being portrayed. Since language is an intentional behavior, Searle believed that it should be treated as a form of action, which is where referring to statements as “speech acts” derived from. To further explain the idea that “words do not “mean,” people “mean,”” Mr. Searle came up with four different types of speech acts that break down language into certain intentions by the speaker. This annotative bibliography will provide the summaries of several resources that attempt to clarify the four speech acts of utterances, propositions, illocutionary acts, and perloctionary acts, as well as justify the importance the speech act theory and what it teaches about understanding communication. Academic Journal Summaries Stadler, S. (2011). Coding speech acts for their degree of explicitness. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.wf2dnvr8.webfeat.org/ehost/detail?sid=23fd2fd9-fbf1-4922-94ec345cb82b5f68%40sessionmgr14&vid=1&hid=19&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=a9h&AN=54879913 This article discusses the relationship between speech acts and politeness that has been studied for many years. The author describes to problems that have been found with the traditional coding methods used throughout this research, one being that there has usually been an impressionistic basis that can affect the study, and secondly there has typically been a reliance on the presence or absence of certain modification devices. Stadler reviews the subjects of speech, coding theory, explicit memory, speech act theory,

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