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speech act Syllabification: speech act
Pronunciation: /spēCH akt/

Definition of speech act in English:


Linguistics & Philosophy
An utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect.
Example sentences
  • Any speech act can be performed unconditionally, or conditionally upon something else.
  • Here, the narration itself is a speech act which we may call ‘confession.’
  • 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.
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