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What is a speech act?

 

Definition
 

A speech act is an act that a speaker performs when making an utterance, including the following:

 
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of speech acts:
 
Generic
  A speech act is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Searle 1969 22–25

 

Crystal 1985 285


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