Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Mode Of Achievement


A mode of achievement is the means employed by a speaker to accomplish the illocutionary point of an utterance.



  • The exercise of authority due to position, in achieving a directive illocutionary point when giving a command
  • Assuming the position of a supplicant in achieving a directive illocutionary point when begging
  • Assuming the position of witness in achieving an assertive illocutionary point when testifying

Glossary Hierarchy