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What is commitment between illocutionary acts?



Commitment between illocutionary acts is a condition in which the speaker's commitment to one illocutionary act necessarily means the commitment to some other illocutionary act, regardless of the context of utterance.

Examples (English)
  • The performance of an act of demanding commits one to an act of requesting
  • The commitment to a promise commits one to an act of asserting that one is not saying one does not promise
  • The commitment to a conjunctive illocutionary act commits the speaker to each of the elementary illocutionary acts contained within it

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 25, 81, 84

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