The object of this book is to lay the foundations for a sound theory of linguistic behavior of human beings. In order to attain such a goal, the relevant aspects of linguistic behavior have to be taken into consideration. The criterion for what aspects of linguistic behavior are judged to be relevant is made dependent on the language itself and its speakers. In our case we have found that the lexicon of a language tells something about what is linguistically relevant for the speakers of that language: the verbs denoting speech acts, speech activities, or various aspects of linguistic behavior can be taken as an indication of what the speakers of a language regard as relevant in their linguistic behavior and many of its aspects. Starting from these verbs we would like to find out what the language tells us about the structure of linguistic behavior. How is this possible?
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