One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An act of speaking or writing which in itself effects or constitutes the intended action, e.g. ordering, warning, or promising.Compare with perlocution
- ‘In particular, speech act theory is built on his discussion of locution, illocution, and perlocution.’
- ‘Though both reject a mere psychological description of authorial intent, they differ with regards to whether intention is restricted to illocutions or incorporates perlocutionary elements as well.’
- ‘Meaning corresponds with illocution, while significance is best related to perlocution.’
- ‘These implicit aspects of the message go beyond the locutionary act itself and also beyond the explicit aspects of its illocution.’
- ‘Perlocutions ‘proceed’ from locutions and illocutions, but not vice versa.’
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