View table of contents for this book View table of contents for LinguaLinksLibrary Go to LinguaLinks home page
 

What is a declarative illocutionary point?

 

Definition
 

A declarative illocutionary point is an illocutionary point in which, by making an utterance, a speaker brings into existence the state of affairs described in the propositional content of the utterance.

Discussion
 

According to certain analyses, a declarative illocutionary point is one of the five basic purposes that a speaker can have in making an utterance.

Examples (English)
 
  • Pronouncing a couple married
  • Declaring war
Generic
  A declarative illocutionary point is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 39

 

Crystal 1985 85


Context for this page:

Go to SIL home page This page is an extract from the LinguaLinks Library, Version 5.0 published on CD-ROM by SIL International, 2003. [Ordering information.]

Page content last modified: 5 January 2004

© 2004 SIL International