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What is a perlocutionary act?

 

Definition
 

A perlocutionary act is a speech act that produces an effect, intended or not, achieved in an addressee by a speaker’s utterance.

Examples
 

Here are some examples of perlocutionary acts:

 
  • Persuading
  • Convincing
  • Scaring
  • Insulting
  • Getting the addressee to do something
Generic
  A perlocutionary act is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Searle 1969 25

 

Crystal 1985 225


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