Speech Act

Topics: Regulatory Focus Theory, Pragmatics, Speech act Pages: 5 (990 words) Published: May 19, 2013
Speech Act

By: Janice Widjajakusuma – 2013008114

Speech acts is an utterance that has formative function in language and communication. As what I have learned earlier in class, there are apologize and complaint as example for speech acts. Below I will give some other verb of speech acts that people often use together with the definition and example so we can see the difference between each verb.

|Speech Acts Verb |Definition |Example | |Joke |Make jokes; talk humorously or flippantly/jokily. |“It’s okay, we are not related,” she joked. | |Persuade |cause someone to do something through reasoning or argument; to believe something, |It wasn’t easy, but I persuaded him to do the right thing. | | |especially after a sustained effort; convince. | | |Convince |Cause someone to believe firmly in the truth of something; persuade someone to do |She convinced my father to open another branch in the city. | | |something. | | |Scare |Cause great fear or nervousness in; frighten; become scared. |The rapid questions were designed to scare her into blurting out the truth. | |Blurt |Say something suddenly and without careful consideration. |She wouldn't blurt out words she did not mean. | |Enlighten |Give someone greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation. |Christopher had not enlightened Frances as to their relationship. | |Inspire |Fill someone with the urge or ability to do ir feel something, especially to do something |His passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing. | | |creative. | | |Attribute |Regard something as being caused by someone or something; ascribed a work or renark to a |The building was attributed to Frank Llyod Wright. | | |particular author, artist, or speaker. | | |Credit |Publicly acknowledge someone as a participant in the production of something published or |The screenplay is credited to one American and two Japanese writers. | | |broadcast. | | |Request |Politely or formally ask for; politely ask someone to do something. |The letter requested him to report to New York immediately. | |Report |Give a spoken or written account of something that one has observed, heard, done, or |The teacher should report on the child's progress....
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