Reviving the performative hypothesis?

Peter van Elswyk*

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A traditional problem with the performative hypothesis is that it cannot assign proper truth-conditions to a declarative sentence. This paper shows that the problem is solved by adopting a multidimensional semantics on which sentences have more than just truth-conditions. This is good news for those who want to at least partially revive the hypothesis. The solution also brings into focus a lesson about what issues to consider when drawing the semantics/pragmatics boundary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-248
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • assertion operators
  • multidimensional semantics
  • performative hypothesis
  • semantics/pragmatics boundary
  • speech acts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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