Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Declarative Illocutionary Point

Definition: 

A declarative illocutionary point is an illocutionary point in which, by making an utterance, a speaker brings into existence the state of affairs described in the propositional content of the utterance.

Discussion: 

According to certain analyses, a declarative illocutionary point is one of the five basic purposes that a speaker can have in making an utterance.

Examples: 

(English)

  • Pronouncing a couple married
  • Declaring war