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Michael Breslin
Identifying Speech Acts
Speech acts are something you say that has an action to it. They are commonly used in such acts as promising, ordering, greeting, warning, inviting and congratulating. What is being done by what is said? That question refers to what is the action behind the words used. For example if someone says, “the door is open” does that mean go through it, or close the door. There are many things that you can say that have different actions to them. To what is that a response refers to responses given to a statement. The problem that arises is if you do not know the order of statements then you can be confused on the message. If there are three people, two say hello and one says goodbye, you are not sure why this person said goodbye. Did he/she leave before the other two said hello or did they leave after? What can/must/should I do? This is when a situation occurs you need to choose your response or action to what was said. Back to the door statement, you can close the door or go through the door. You must choose one of them and you should do the one that is best for the situation. What is the wisest course of action? Anti-Narrative is the best course of action. This is when you look at everything from a narrator’s point of view to decide the best course of action. Works Cited

Pierce, W. Barnett; Making Social Worlds: A Communication Perspective, Blackwell Publishing
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