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Then, in order to specify the morphological realization of a noun phrase bearing an allowable comhinatlon of feature spedfications, rules like the following would he reqnan•d, aud would have to apply disjunctively in the ml'ntlou(•d onl,•r: 29 The Evidence for the Perfonnative Analysis (38) (39) (40) NP NP NP ~ [first person] I [+I] I [+II] ~[second person] ~ [third person] llowever, the rather ad hoc restrictions (35), (36), and (37) can be dispensed with entirely if we trace person specification to the abstract higher clause.

Or did you know that already It is dear that these exclamations do not have the informative status 5 1 '' ussertions. While they commit the speaker to a particular view, tlu·y are not used, and cannot be used, to inform, enlighten, or in'ltnat't. In that they are noncontroversial by nature, exclamations of tldN kind serve a social function. They point up a commonality I u~twcen speaker and addressee, which, however trivial, helps lay 1111' groundwork for further conversation. lli':SPECT LANGUAGE Tlu· facts surrounding respect language in various languages profertile source of evidence for higher performative clauses.

While this theory is attractive, it does suffer one serious deficiency. The ordinary negative element an declarative sentences as non, not ne. Yet the ahstract-performativ'' tiH'ory dt•m:uuls wlth equal force that

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