Linguistics & Philosophy
- Relating to or denoting an utterance by means of which the speaker performs a particular act (e.g. I bet, I apologize, I promise). Often contrasted with constative.More example sentences
- Rather, these are performative utterances, which do not so much say something as do something.
- He thinks performative sentences do not have truth conditions because they do not describe or report anything.
- But if literary language is performative and if a performative utterance is not true or false but felicitous or infelicitous, what does it mean for a literary utterance to be felicitous or infelicitous?
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- A performative utterance: here statements are not descriptive utterances but performativesMore example sentences
- Performative utterances, or performatives, are not true or false and actually perform the action to which they refer.
- Such speech acts, called performatives, cannot be said to be true or false.
- Illocutionary acts, in addition to covering such explicit performatives as promising, also include statements.
More definitions of performativeDefinition of performative in:
- The US English dictionary