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What is an illocutionary act?



An illocutionary act is a complete speech act, made in a typical utterance, that consists of

  • the delivery of the propositional content of the utterance (including references and a predicate), and

  • a particular illocutionary force, whereby the speaker

    • asserts
    • suggests
    • demands
    • promises, or
    • vows.
  Here are some kinds of illocutionary acts:
  An illocutionary act is a kind of
See also

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 1–2

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