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What is an illocutionary point?



An illocutionary point is the basic purpose of a speaker in making an utterance.


It is a component of illocutionary force.


According to certain analyses, there are five kinds of illocutionary points:

  • To assert something
  • To commit to doing something
  • To attempt to get someone to do something
  • To bring about a state of affairs by the utterance
  • To express an attitude or emotion
  Here are some kinds of illocutionary points:

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 13–15

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