The Performed Performative: An Account of Performative Utterances in Song Lyrics

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“The goal of this paper is to address and account for a particular piece of datum that presents problems for current theories both of performative utterances and of metaphor: the metaphorical I do as it is used in song lyrics. This account considers, in particular, proposed constraints on propositionality of metaphors and performatives both.”

2015 | South Hadley, MA and Amherst, MA | research into semantics and pragmatics