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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or deriving from illocution, the performance of acts by speaking.


From illocution +‎ -ary. (Wiktionary)


  • Within speech acts, Austin distinguished among locutionary, illocutionary and perlocutionary levels, but speech act theory has been devoted almost exclusively to the illocutionary level, so that ˜speech act™ and ˜illocutionary act™ are in practice synonymous terms.


  • Austin especially emphasized the importance of social fact and conventions in doing things with words, in particular with respect to the class of speech acts known as illocutionary acts.


  • For instance, word-color synaesthetes as well as word-taste synesthetes seem to be affected by the meaning of the word as well as the written or illocutionary presence of the word (70, 75).

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  • Once this common element in all illocutionary acts is clear, we can really acknowledge that the types of audience-directed intention involved may be very various and, also, that different types may be exemplified by one and the same utterance (38).

    Notes on 'Post-Secular Conviviality'

  • Some philosophers have objected, though, that Grice's increasingly confident insistence that performance corroborates natural meaning (now located in formal sentence structure rather than illocutionary act) arrests the dialogic or inter-subjective direction taken by his early, more tentative theory of meaning.

    Notes on 'Post-Secular Conviviality'

  • Convention in Speech Acts ":" For the illocutionary force of an utterance is essentially something that is intended to be understood.

    Notes on 'Post-Secular Conviviality'

  • As a classification of illocutionary types Austin's taxonomy is thus not completely adequate.


  • Austin takes promising to be an illocutionary act, that is, he takes it that promising is merely a matter of a certain form of utterance, under certain conditions.

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  • Austin distinguished between several levels of speech act, including these: the locutionary act, the illocutionary act and the perlocutionary act.


  • He concluded that when it comes to highly conventionalized utterances communicative intentions are largely irrelevant, but that on the other hand convention does not play much role for ordinary illocutionary types.



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