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- Austin, J.L., Urmson, J.O., 1971. How to do things with words: the William James lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955, Oxford paperbacks. Oxford Univ. Press, London.
Synopsis: Austin's theory of "speech acts", first outlined in this publication, proposed that when we speak we not only say things, but also do them. For example, an utterance such as "I bet you $10" is both a constative (declaring statement), and also a performative act, enacting the act of betting (though constrained by whether the act is possible or felicitous).
- Butler, J., 1997. Excitable speech: a politics of the performative. Routledge, New York.
Synopsis: Butler examines Austin's theory of the performativity of speech acts in the context of threatening speech, such as racial slurs, stating cautiously that language in this case is the site of injury, rather than the cause.
- Cramer, F., 'Language' in Fuller, M. (Ed.), 2008. Software studies: a lexicon, Leonardo books. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
Synopsis: The semantics of programming languages is explored in detail here by Cramer, who takes us through the operational and symbolic functions of artificial languages.
- Dolar, M., 2006. A voice and nothing more, Short circuits. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
Synopsis: Through the lens of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Dolar examines the voice in its many aspects and affects: linguistic, metaphysical,
- Hall, S., 'Encoding, Decoding' in During, S. (Ed.), 1999. The cultural studies reader, 2nd ed. ed. Routledge, London ; New York.
Synopsis: Hall proposes a different reading of Claude Shannon's diagram of a communication system, through Marx and Gramsci's concepts of ideology and hegemony and the social imprinting of messages. A connection is suggested between Hall's notion of information being encoded and decoded as it moves through social frameworks, and subjectivity being formed by such.
- Ong, W.J., Hartley, J., 2012. Orality and literacy: the technologizing of the word, 30th anniversary ed.; 3rd ed. ed, Orality and literary. Routledge, London ; New York.
Synopsis: Ong's Orality and Literacy is a historical account of the social shifts that occur as cultures transition from oral traditions to written and printed communications. Ong expands on Havelock's proposition that the shift from oral to written communications in classical Greek culture was the driving force behind a cultural change in discursive culture.
- Weinmayr, E., ' Confronting Authorship, Constructing Practices (How Copyright is Destroying Collective Practice)' in Jefferies, J., Kember, S. (Eds.), 2019. Whose Book is it Anyway?: A View from Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity. Open Book Publishers. https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0159