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What is a mode of achievement?

 

Definition
 

A mode of achievement is the means employed by a speaker to accomplish the illocutionary point of an utterance.

Examples (English)
 
  • The exercise of authority due to position, in achieving a directive illocutionary point when giving a command
  • Assuming the position of a supplicant in achieving a directive illocutionary point when begging
  • Assuming the position of witness in achieving an assertive illocutionary point when testifying
Sources
 

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 15–16, 40

 

Searle 1979 5–6


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