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What is a commissive illocutionary point?

 

Definition
 

A commissive illocutionary point is the illocutionary point of a speaker committing to bring about the state of affairs described in the propositional content of the utterance.

Discussion
 

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

Generic
  A commissive illocutionary point is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 38–39

 

Crystal 1985 57


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