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Defective Illocutionary Act

Defective Illocutionary Act

A defective illocutionary act is an illocutionary act, whether successful or unsuccessful, in which one or more of the preparatory or sincerity conditions for the act are not met.

(English)

  • The utterance Pass the salt in a situation in which a preparatory condition, the addressee’s ability to comply, is not met because there is no salt on the table
  • A lie or insincere promise, in which the act itself is defective even if the statement or promise is successfully made
Page/s: 22–23
Source: Searle and Vanderveken 1985

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

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