Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Illocutionary Point

Definition: 

An illocutionary point is the basic purpose of a speaker in making an utterance.

It is a component of illocutionary force.

Discussion: 

According to certain analyses, there are five kinds of illocutionary points:

  • To assert something
  • To commit to doing something
  • To attempt to get someone to do something
  • To bring about a state of affairs by the utterance
  • To express an attitude or emotion
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