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What is a performative verb?



A performative verb is a verb that names an illocutionary force. It is used in a performative to perform an illocutionary act having that force.

Example (English)
  • I baptize you …
  • Sources

    Levinson 1983 244


    Crystal 1985 225


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

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