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What is an illocutionary denegation?

 

Definition
 

An illocutionary denegation is an illocutionary act that is made complex by the negation of its illocutionary force. It expresses that the speaker is not performing a particular illocutionary act.

Example (English)
 
  • I do not promise to come.
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    This illocutionary act contrasts with I promise not to come, in which the speaker does perform an illocutionary act.

     
    Source:

    Searle and Vanderveken 1985 4

    Generic
      An illocutionary denegation is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Searle and Vanderveken 1985 4–5


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