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Illocutionary Force

Illocutionary Force

Illocutionary force is the combination of the

  • illocutionary point of an utterance, and
  • particular presuppositions and attitudes that must accompany that point, including the
    • strength of the illocutionary point
    • preparatory conditions
    • propositional content conditions
    • mode of achievement
    • sincerity conditions, and
    • strength of sincerity conditions.

(English)

Illocutionary force distinguishes the following types of acts:

  • Asserting
  • Promising
  • Excommunicating
  • Exclaiming in pain
  • Inquiring
  • Ordering
Page/s: 1, 7–9, 20–21
Source: Searle and Vanderveken 1985

Searle, John, and Daniel Vanderveken. 1985.Foundations of illocutionary logic. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University.

Page/s: 152
Source: Crystal 1980

Crystal, David. 1980.A first dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Boulder, CO: Westview.

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