One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An act of speaking or writing which has an action as its aim but which in itself does not effect or constitute the action, for example persuading or convincing.Compare with illocution
- ‘Meaning corresponds with illocution, while significance is best related to perlocution.’
- ‘But he moves beyond Austin and Searle's tripartite distinction between locution, illocution, and perlocution.’
- ‘These effects correspond to the perlocutions of utterances.’
1950s: from modern Latin perlocutio(n-), from per- ‘throughout’ + locutio(n-) ‘speaking’.
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