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What is an expressive illocutionary point?



An expressive illocutionary point is an illocutionary point which communicates an attitude or emotion about the state of affairs described in the propositional content of the utterance.


According to certain analyses, an expressive illocutionary point is one of the five basic purposes that a speaker can have in making an utterance.

Example (English)
  • I deplore his rudeness.
  • Generic
      An expressive illocutionary point is a kind of

    Searle and Vanderveken 1985 39–40


    Crystal 1985 116

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