Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Illocutionary Conditional

Definition: 

An illocutionary conditional is a complex illocutionary act that consists of

  • an¬†illocutionary act, and
  • a stated condition for the performance of that act.
Examples: 

(English)

If Carter is the next Democratic candidate, I bet you five dollars that the Republicans will win.

The illocutionary act of betting is performed only if the condition, that Carter is the next Democratic candidate, is true.