Erkenntnis 86 (5):1161-1183 (2021)

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Henry Ian Schiller
Washington University in St. Louis
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I introduce game-theoretic models for threats to the discussion of threats in speech act theory. I first distinguish three categories of verbal threats: conditional threats, categorical threats, and covert threats. I establish that all categories of threats can be characterized in terms of an underlying conditional structure. I argue that the aim—or illocutionary point—of a threat is to change the conditions under which an agent makes decisions in a game. Threats are moves in a game that instantiate a subgame in which the addressee is ‘under threat’.
Keywords speech acts  threats  pragmatics  illocutionary force  game theory  insinuation  communication
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