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What is a hedged performative?

 

Definition
 

A hedged performative is an indirect illocution whose illocutionary force is expressed directly by a performative verb but is given an additional illocutionary force by some device, such as modalization or subordination.

Examples (English)
 
  • May I ask if you're married? has the indirect force of I ask if you're married.
  • I must warn you not to discuss this in public has the indirect force of I warn you ...
  • We regret to inform you that the aspidistra stands are no longer obtainable has the indirect force of We inform you ...
  • I want to thank you for the gift has the indirect force of I thank you ...
Generic
  A hedged performative is a kind of
 
Source
 

Leech 1983 139–140


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