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What is perlocutionary failure?

 

Definition
 

Perlocutionary failure is a lack of success in achieving an intended perlocutionary effect.

Example (English)
 

Here is an example in which perlocutionary failure is alluded to:

 
  • I tried to warn you, but you wouldn’t listen.
  • Source
     

    Leech 1983 204–205


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