Definitions

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  • n. The aim of a speaker in making an utterance as opposed to the meaning of the terms used.

Etymologies

From il- ("not") (an assimilated version of in-) + locution ("speech"), from Latin loquor (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hm, that is a very interesting illustration of an illocution, followed by an allocution.

    Now, why didn't I think of that!

  • Perlocutions are characteristic aims of one or more illocution, but are not themselves illocutions.

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  • I can both urge and persuade you to shut the door, yet the former is an illocution while the latter is a perlocution.

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  • Justice Oluwayemi held that the magistrate misdirected himself and might have been confused by the illocution (plea for leniency) by the lawyer to the convict the ex-beauty queen who was a working mother.

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