Review for midterm ANTB21 – Tutorial
1. performativity: - “saying is doing” [sign language is different from language]
Rosaldo- not all languages have intentions of showing self consciousness.
Performativity doesn’t go into all languages cause its much more like a western
based theory – critique “western concept” of language. When you think of
performativity, there’s an intent. subject + verb contraction . Intentionality is
a key characteristic of performativity as a concept . “saying is doing” –
commanding or saying something, making it real, the believe that what we say is
shaped by our reality and the context shape what we say. “ talk that performs an
action in the saying of it” e.g. could you please fill out your name on top of your
exam – asking you to perform the action.
How are p”erformatives different than constantive- it can be true or false. They
“say something” as oppose to doing something. And describe the world around
us – descriptive
Who came up with the concepts? – Austin – questions like this will be on the
Midterm – do the readings.
What did he say at the end of his theory? – he doesn’t agree with his own theory
because they were similar in a way. Hard to differentiate between the theories.
He decides there’s different way of looking at language – you can’t have a
discrete boundaries between two concept. If you feel that a sentence is
performative explain why and same thing