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What is success of fit?



Success of fit is a correspondence between the state of affairs described by the propositional content of an illocutionary act and the state of affairs in the world.


Here are some examples of success of fit:

  • The truthfulness of an assertive act’s contents
  • The status of a commissive act’s contents as kept by the speaker
  • The fulfillment of a directive act’s contents by the person from whom compliance is sought
  • A declarative act that is successfully performed

Searle and Vanderveken 1985 95–98

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