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What is fit?



Fit is a correspondence, or lack of correspondence, between the state of affairs described by the propositional content of an illocutionary act and the state of affairs in the world.

Examples (English)
  • The truth or falsity of the contents of an assertive act
  • The status of a commissive act's contents as kept or broken by the speaker
  • The status of a directive act's contents as fulfilled or unfulfilled by the person from whom compliance is sought
  • The successful or unsuccessful performance of a declarative act

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 52–53, 96–98

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