The Organizing Property of Communication by François Cooren

By François Cooren

What's a company? What are the development blocks that eventually represent this social shape, so pervasive in our lifestyle? Like Augustine dealing with the matter of time, we know what a company is, yet we look not able to give an explanation for it. This e-book brings an unique resolution by way of mobilizing ideas regularly reserved to linguistics, analytical philosophy, and semiotics. in line with Algirdas Julien Greimas’ semio-narrative version of motion and Jacques Derrida’s idea of écriture, a reconceptualization of speech act idea is proposed within which communique is taken care of as an act of delegation the place human and nonhuman brokers are mobilized (texts, machines, staff, architectural parts, managers, etc.). completely congruent with the final improvement of the sociology of translation constructed via Michel Callon and Bruno Latour, this angle illustrates the organizing estate of verbal exchange via a procedure known as ‘interactoriality’. Jacques Lacan used to assert that the subconscious is dependent like a language. This publication indicates social association is dependent like a story.

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The question of the rituals and the social circumstances of a speech act. In other words, it is reflection on the whole language - institution relationship that Austin is initiating here. Moreover, and it is an element that I will return to later, Austin uses these same conditions of felicities or infelicities to eliminate from his reflection what he calls the “ills,” which can sometimes “infect” the performatives. He writes: (…) a performative utterance will, for example, be in a peculiar way hollow or void if said by an actor on the stage, or if introduced in a poem, or spoken in soliloquy.

This idea, which will later be taken up under the concept of “performative hypothesis,” suggests that whatever utterance one is considering, it always implicitly contains a performative verb. Austin writes: “‘Out’ is equivalent to ‘I declare, pronounce, give, or call you out’( . . ’ (…) This sort of expansion makes explicit both that the utterance is performative, and which act it is that is being performed. (1975: 62) Thus, Austin shows that explicit performatives enable us to eliminate the ambiguity introduced by the reading or the hearing of certain utterances.

Neutral 30 THE ORGANIZING PROPERTY OF COMMUNICATION The performance of any speech act thus depends on six conditions of success. Vanderveken elaborates on this definition by referring to as “nondefective performance” (cf. Vanderveken, 1990-91: 130) the cases where the preparatory and sincerity conditions are satisfied. 25 Concerning the conditions of satisfaction, they are only fulfilled when the propositional content corresponds to the state of affairs that it represents, that is, to use Searle’s expression, when the words fit the world.

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