A classification of illocutionary acts

  title={A classification of illocutionary acts},
  author={John R. Searle},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={1 - 23}
  • J. Searle
  • Published 1 April 1976
  • Linguistics
  • Language in Society
ABSTRACT There are at least a dozen linguistically significant dimensions of differences between illocutionary acts. Of these, the most important are illocutionary point, direction of fit, and expressed psychological state. These three form the basis of a taxonomy of the fundamental classes of illocutionary acts. The five basic kinds of illocutionary acts are: representatives (or assertives), directives, commissives, expressives, and declarations. Each of these notions is defined. An earlier… 

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