View table of contents for this book View table of contents for LinguaLinksLibrary Go to LinguaLinks home page

What is perlocutionary failure?



Perlocutionary failure is a lack of success in achieving an intended perlocutionary effect.

Example (English)

Here is an example in which perlocutionary failure is alluded to:

  • I tried to warn you, but you wouldn’t listen.
  • Source

    Leech 1983 204–205

    Context for this page:

    Go to SIL home page This page is an extract from the LinguaLinks Library, Version 5.0 published on CD-ROM by SIL International, 2003. [Ordering information.]

    Page content last modified: 5 January 2004

    © 2004 SIL International