Speech Act Theory of Pragmatics

Speech Act Theory of Pragmatics Speech Act Theory in pragmatics states that language is the tool of getting things done in the real world. You do something or perform a task when someone asks you to. For example, if your friends asks you to turn the light on, you would go and turn the button on. So, you have performed an action- an action that was carried out with the help of language. This theory was  presented by J. L. Austin, who was a philosopher, in his book “How to Do Things with Words”. which consists of three types of acts; locutionary illocutionary perlocutionary   Later, John Searl described and categorized these speech acts into five (or six) types that are based on what kind of meaning is conveyed. These are; Representative Declaratives Commisives Directives Ex...[Read More]

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