Study on Speech Act Theory from the Perspective of Linguistic Philosophy

Speech act theory has become one of the most important linguistic theories in Pragmatics. Both scholars and pragmatists have made great contribution to the development of Speech Act Theory. This paper intends to trace back to the philosophical foundations of the speech act theory from the perspective of linguistic philosophy and attempts to analyze it from the perspective of pragmatic turn of Wittgenstein's philosophy. The paper ends with the overview of the philosophical significance reflected in this theory and has a better understanding of this theory in the view of philosophy and emphasizing the great effect on modern pragmatics.