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Austin, John L.

  1. María Del Mar Torreblanca López

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0062

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Mar Torreblanca López, M. D. 2012. Austin, John L.. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


John Langshaw Austin (1911–1960) is considered one of the most influential representatives of postwar Oxford ordinary language philosophy. Among his main contributions to the philosophy of language is the analysis of performative utterances and its subsequent development into a general conception of “language as action,” which gave rise to speech act theory.


  • 20th century;
  • ordinary language;
  • speech act theory