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What is failure of fit?



Failure of fit is a lack of correspondence between the state of affairs

Examples (English)
  • The falsity of an assertive act's contents
  • The status of a commissive act's contents as broken by the speaker
  • The status of a directive act's contents as unfulfilled by the person from whom compliance is sought
  • The case of a declarative act that is unsuccessfully performed

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 95–98

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