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speech act

n.
An act that is performed by making an utterance, as the issuing of a warning, the making of a promise, or the giving of a greeting.

speech act

n
1. (Logic) an utterance that constitutes some act in addition to the mere act of uttering
2. (Philosophy) an act or type of act capable of being so performed
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Noun1.speech act - the use of language to perform some act
human action, human activity, act, deed - something that people do or cause to happen
congratulation, felicitation - the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
slander - words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
proposal, proposition - the act of making a proposal; "they listened to her proposal"
bid, bidding, command, dictation - an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
agreement - the verbal act of agreeing
citation - (law) the act of citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.)
disagreement - the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
offer, offering - the verbal act of offering; "a generous offer of assistance"
asking, request - the verbal act of requesting
reply, response - the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange; "he growled his reply"
description - the act of describing something
affirmation, assertion, statement - the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
denial - the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
rejection - the speech act of rejecting
objection - the speech act of objecting
making known, informing - a speech act that conveys information
disclosure, revealing, revelation - the speech act of making something evident
promise - a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
boast, boasting, jactitation, self-praise - speaking of yourself in superlatives
naming - the verbal act of naming; "the part he failed was the naming of state capitals"
challenge - a call to engage in a contest or fight
explanation - the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible; "I heard his explanation of the accident"
denouncement, denunciation - a public act of denouncing
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
resignation - the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
Translations
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The analytical framework adopted is hinged on the insights gleaned from pragmatics, speech acts and, particularly critical discourse analysis which pays attention to the ideological foundations of social practices.
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5) What we do here is illustrate that for Austin thinking about performative utterances involved the identification of a typology of various classes of speech acts.
Thus the imperative speech acts of particular interest because it is a linguistic phenomenon that has very significant communicative functions.
It is this glue that holds the individual speech acts together as the parties in the dialogue take turns putting forward as their moves.
Tomlinson develops a very subtle analytical vocabulary of set human movement and expected speech acts in ritual settings.
Specific studies of speech acts from this perspective show how clashes between different interactional styles can lead to intercultural miscommunication.
New voices in public relations scholarship are examining how speech acts are being used by various entities to intentionally position themselves and others through the application of positioning theory (Harre and van Langenhove, 1999).
The "linguistic turn," and hence the focus on language, speech acts, and discourses is central to his analysis.
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Many of the communicative acts people attempt to produce and comprehend are speech acts such as requesting, apologizing, warning, thanking, greeting, advising and criticizing.
An examination has been made of the interplay between the direct and indirect speech acts which steer the plot to its inevitable conclusion.