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Tannen explains what is going on here as follows: Both husband and wife agreed that the husband’s initial proposal was an indication that he wanted to visit his boss. However, they disagreed on the meaning of the wife’s 30 Understanding pragmatics question. ” The wife explained that she meant it as a request for information. Therefore she was confused and frustrated and could not help wondering why she married such an erratic man who suddenly changed his mind only a moment after making a request.

First, ‘[d]ifferences in the point (or purpose) of the (type of) act ... affect the attempts to get the hearer to do something’. Searle points out that the point or purpose of a description is that it is a representation (true or false, accurate or inaccurate) of how something is. The point or purpose of a promise is that it is an undertaking of an obligation by the speaker to do something ... Pragmatics and philosophy 25 The point or purpose of a type of illocution I shall call its illocutionary point.

X Essential condition rules “say what kind of illocutionary act the utterance is to count as”. (Sbisà 1995: 500) Pragmatics and philosophy 23 Searle finishes his paper ‘What is a speech act’ by pointing out that this analysis of the speech act ‘promising’ can also be used for the analysis of other speech acts. He provides proposals for the analysis of the speech acts ‘giving an order’, ‘assertion’ and ‘greeting’ (see Searle 1972: 154). ). ; 1972: 154) based on their felicity conditions – that is, their constitutive rules.

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