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What is a propositional act?



A propositional act is a speech act that a speaker performs when referring or predicating in an utterance.

Example (English)
  • The following utterances all have the same propositional act despite their different illocutionary acts, utterance acts, and perlocutionary acts:

    • You go home.
    • Do you go home?
    • Go home!
    • How I wish you’d go home!
  • Generic
      A propositional act is a kind of

    Searle 1969 23–24

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