Assertion by Mark Jary (auth.)

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This is what distinguishes (31) from (28): although both represent, on his account, the same state of affairs, only (31) advertises the intention that the hearer should accept or reject that representation. 23 Assertion in Speech-act Theory 27 (31) I want you to make it the case that Peter stands up In the case of questions asked using interrogative form, the intentions advertised are as follows: a) to represent a state of affairs in which the speaker desires that the hearer affirm or deny a certain assertion; b) to have the hearer believe that the speaker has this desire.

This in opposition to the view that the notion of truth can be given an analysis solely in terms of the conditions that make a sentence, statement, belief or proposition (choose your favourite fundamental truth-bearer) true. Dummett does not deny, however, that the notion of truth-conditions has a role to play in explicating truth. His claim is, rather, that merely being able to divide a set of sentences into those whose truth conditions obtain, and those whose do not, shows only a partial grasp of the notion of truth, for it fails to demonstrate an appreciation of the point of truth judgements.

Johnny looked in the cupboard for the biscuits because that’s where Billy said that the biscuits were’). Competence in the production and reception of complex sentences with embedded declarative syntax is an indication that a child can identify assertions as a class of acts and that she is able to participate in discourse in which the commitments undertaken by asserters are discussed. Indeed, there is evidence that it is engagement in this discourse – rather than mere syntactic competence – that is the key 38 Assertion to developing the ability to predict behaviour based on false belief (Slaughter et al.

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