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What is a performative?



A performative is a sentence in which the employment of a particular illocutionary force is made explicit by naming the force in the sentence itself.

Examples (English)
  • I baptize you...
  • I bet you that...
  • Generic
      A performative is a kind of

    Sadock and Zwicky 1985 157


    Levinson 1983 244


    Crystal 1985 225


    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 180–181


    Grimes, J. 1975:71ff

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