Definition of speech act in English:

speech act

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noun

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