I bet you ten pounds it was Arab linguists who first discovered speech acts
Hisham Ibrahim Abdulla
The present paper is part of a larger project intended to show the contribution of traditional Arab Linguists to the basic notions and theories of pragmatics, in the present case speech - act theory. Special emphasis is laid on performatives, (explicit and implicit), the performative hypothesis, the descriptive fallacy and the descriptivist or complementarist view of performatives. The paper is an investigation of the question concerning whether traditional Arab linguists (rhetoricians, jurisprudents and grammarians) were familiar with the basic notions of the theory. The conclusion is that Arab linguists were well acquainted with the basics of the theory centuries before modern pragmaticists.
Hisham Ibrahim Abdulla. I bet you ten pounds it was Arab linguists who first discovered speech acts. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 12, 2015, Pages 169-180