chapter  2
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S. I. Salamensky Dangerous Talk: Phenomenology, Performativity, Cultural Crisis

The verb offers still more evidence of negative-and contradictoryassociations. To talk is to engage in impotent effort-"prate, chatter ... say trivial, idiotie things," to "speak confidendy or boastfully ... without matching the word by performance"-all talk, no action, save the performance of the talk itself. Yet talk, as performance, is also akin to action: There is "dangerous talk," as they say (perhaps only in war and in movies: stool pidgin)-and there is "persuasive talk" -incantatory and finally transformative talk: "to bring to a specified state by talking."2