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Categories and Complements of Illocutionary Verbs in a Cognitive Perspective

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Johan Vanparys

Contents: Speech-act taxonomy: a critical review - demonstrates the inadequacy of past attempts at classifying illocutions - From speech-act theory to cognitive semantics - suggests an alternative approach on the basis of arguments from cognitive linguistics - Clausal complementation of illocutionary verbs - the complementation potential of 120 illocutionary verbs is analysed within the framework of Cognitive Grammar and based on authentic data.