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  • Allan Gibbard, Thinking How to Live: 'I can say "Hey, Bob!" to accost him, to attract his attention. "Hey!" of course isn't a predicate; the syntax of "Hey!" is not that of a predicate. Couldn't we, though, remedy this? Let's invent a predicate, and imagine that it is a standard part of our language: saying "Bob is hiyo in assertoric contexts, let's specify, accomplishes the speech act of accosting Bob—and likewise for saying that anyone else is hiyo.'

    May 5, 2009