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What is a perlocutionary act?



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


Here are some examples of perlocutionary acts:

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

Searle 1969 25


Crystal 1985 225

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