New Illocutionary Acts on Social Media

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New Illocutionary Acts on Social Media

Type: Master thesis
Title: New Illocutionary Acts on Social Media
Author: Oomens-Spadon, Mirjam
Issue Date: 2017-11-30
Keywords: speech act theory
social media
illocutionary acts
Abstract: Social media have increased the ways in which people can and do communicate with each other. This could have consequences for speech act theory as founded by J.L. Austin and refined by J. Searle. This thesis shows that the introduction of social media has led to the existence of a new illocutionary act that is not covered by existing speech act theory: the illocutionary act of hashtagging. It is argued that hashtagging is a meta-speech act that has no counterpart offline and is deserving of its own category within existing speech act theory.
Supervisor: Schaar, M.S. van der
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Philosophy (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: History and Philosophy of the Sciences
ECTS Credits: 20

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