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What is indirect illocution?

 

Definition
 

Indirect illocution is an illocutionary act in which the speaker expresses another illocutionary force other than that literally expressed in the utterance, by relying on ,

 
  • shared background knowledge
  • principles of conversation, such as the cooperative principle
  • convention, and
  • the ability of the addressee to make inferences.
Kinds
 
Generic
  An indirect illocution is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 25

 

Searle 1979 30–32

 

Levinson 1983 274


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