Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Illocutionary Denegation

Definition: 

An illocutionary denegation is an illocutionary act that is made complex by the negation of its illocutionary force. It expresses that the speaker is not performing a particular illocutionary act.

Examples: 

(English)

I do not promise to come.

This illocutionary act contrasts with I promise not to come, in which the speaker does perform an illocutionary act.