Definition of speech act in English:

speech act

noun

Philosophy Linguistics
  • An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect.

    • ‘Any speech act can be performed unconditionally, or conditionally upon something else.’
    • ‘This, the families claim, means they have to get the state's approval before engaging in the speech act of teaching their own kids.’
    • ‘The sense of the pledge as debt implied by both translations suggests that the vow or promise is predicated on a loss already inscribed in the speech act.’
    • ‘Second, writing allows a speech act to be extended in time and space; it ‘intends a context beyond the range of the human voice.’’
    • ‘Here, the narration itself is a speech act which we may call ‘confession.’’

Pronunciation:

speech act

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