illocutionary

[il-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee]
adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
pertaining to a linguistic act performed by a speaker in producing an utterance, as suggesting, warning, promising, or requesting.


Origin:
1950–55; il-1 + locution + -ary

illocution, noun
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illocution (ˌɪləˈkjuːʃən)
 
n
philosophy See also performative Compare perlocution Also called: illocutionary act an act performed by a speaker by virtue of uttering certain words, as for example the acts of promising or of threatening
 
[C20: from il- + locution]
 
illo'cutionary
 
adj

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Persuasion is central in both, but the grammatical structures and illocutionary devices available in each language vary.
To perform an illocutionary act is to use a locution with a certain force.
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