Situational Context and Illocutionary Force

  • Wolfgang Motsch
Part of the Texts and Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 10)


In the last few years questions concerning the relations between social interaction and language have come to the fore in linguistic research. Language is more and more considered to be an instrument of interaction, after a long period of favouring the investigation of linguistic expressions used to describe facts in reality. Since language mainly was studied from the viewpoint of its descriptive function, the connection between language structure and conditions of communication has not been focussed on. Consequently, the nature of language has been viewed rather narrowly. In his criticism of Chomsky’s approach to linguistic theory Searle (1972) focussed attention on just this point.


Situational Context Linguistic Analysis Symbolic Interaction Doxastic Attitude Motivational Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Motsch
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  1. 1.Academy of Sciences of GDRBerlinGermany

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