Speech Acts

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  • Speech Acts
    • Representatives
      • when the speaker is committed to the truth of the proposition
        • assertions, claims, reports
    • Comissives
      • the speaker is committed to a (future) course of action
        • promises, threats, offers
    • Directives
      • the speaker attempts to get the hearer to do something
        • suggestions, requests, commands
    • Declaratives
      • the speaker alters the outward status or condition of an object or situation, solely by making the utterance
        • decrees, declarations
    • Expressives
      • the speaker expresses an attitude about a state of affairs
        • apologies, complaints, thanks


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