Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 6(2), pp. 99 - 106
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2018.060207
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Deliberative Dialogues: Deontic Turn-taking and Illocutionary Acts

Cristina Corredor *
Department of Philosophy, University of Valladolid, Spain


In deliberation, the participants' goal is to reach a common conclusion on the best available course of action. The aim of this contribution is to study some deontic aspects that characterize deliberative dialogues as a dialogical (and dialectical) practice. In particular, my exploration is an attempt to consider the way in which deliberation dialogues are structured by virtue of the obligations (commitments, duties) and rights (entitlements, authorizations) that participants assign and recognize each other, on the basis of their performed speech acts. Taking a point of departure in the Austinian approach to speech acts, I will contend that these normative positions, mutually recognized, contribute to determine the illocutionary effect of the utterances and thus the particular speech acts performed in the dialogue. Before that, I will suggest that the proposed claim put forward in a deliberative dialogue can be seen as a verdictive speech act, in that a proposal issues a practical judgement and commits the proponent to giving reasons in support of it. Moreover, whenever an agreement is reached on a proposed claim for action, a new exercitive speech act can be said to have been instituted in which the participants' joint commitment not only concerns the proposal agreed upon, but also the reasons given and the inferential license that connects both.

Deliberation, Deliberative Dialogue, Speech Acts, Proposal, Turn-taking, Austin, Illocutionary Effect

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Cristina Corredor (2018). Deliberative Dialogues: Deontic Turn-taking and Illocutionary Acts. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 6 , 99 - 106. doi: 10.13189/lls.2018.060207.