ERIC Number: ED163529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Speech Acts and Rhetorical Action.
Steinmann, Martin, Jr.
Some authorities wish to persuasively define rhetoric as formal or public speeches, while others hold to a more traditional and broader definition pointing to the relevance of speech-act theory to support them. Central to speech-act theory is the illocutionary act (uttering at least one sentence of some language under certain conditions). Two effects are associated with each illocutionary act: an illocutionary effect is the reader's or listener's understanding or interpreting the illocutionary act, and the perlocutionary effect is a chain of effects dependent on the illocutionary effect. The problem of all communicators, not simply formal speech makers, is to speak or write clearly (illocutionary effectiveness) and to get people to believe their statements, answer their questions, and obey their commands (perlocutionary effectiveness). (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illocutionary Act; Perlocutionary Effects; Speech Acts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)