speech act

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  • Speech act — For the US Act, see SPEECH Act of 2010. Speech Act is a technical term in linguistics and the philosophy of language. The contemporary use of the term goes back to John L. Austin s doctrine of locutionary, illocutionary, and perlocutionary acts.… …   Wikipedia

  • speech act — noun the use of language to perform some act • Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑deed, ↑human action, ↑human activity • Hyponyms: ↑congratulation, ↑felicitation, ↑slander, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • speech act — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms speech act : singular speech act plural speech acts linguistics something that you say …   English dictionary

  • speech act — Philos., Ling. any of the acts that may be performed by a speaker in making an utterance, as stating, asking, requesting, advising, warning, or persuading, considered in terms of the content of the message, the intention of the speaker, and the… …   Universalium

  • speech act — noun Any of illocutionary acts, locutionary acts and perlocutionary acts …   Wiktionary

  • speech act — noun Linguistics & Philosophy an utterance considered as an action, particularly with regard to its intention, purpose, or effect …   English new terms dictionary

  • speech act theory — Theory of meaning that holds that the meaning of linguistic expressions can be explained in terms of the rules governing their use in performing various speech acts (e.g., admonishing, asserting, commanding, exclaiming, promising, questioning,… …   Universalium

  • speech — /speech/, n. 1. the faculty or power of speaking; oral communication; ability to express one s thoughts and emotions by speech sounds and gesture: Losing her speech made her feel isolated from humanity. 2. the act of speaking: He expresses… …   Universalium

  • act — /akt/, n. 1. anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act. 2. the process of doing: caught in the act. 3. a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict;… …   Universalium

  • ACT — 1. American College Test. 2. Association of Classroom Teachers. 3. Australian Capital Territory. * * * (as used in expressions) sacramental act Ballot Act British North America Act Canada Act Constitution Act Civil Rights Act of 1964… …   Universalium

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