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constative vs. performative

 
 
Reply Fri 24 Nov, 2017 06:17 am
Hi, could anyone illustrate what "constative" and "performative" are in linguistics for me?

I looked up the words in Oxford Dictionary, but still unable to thoroughly understand them.

For examples: I declare, denounce... ( Are these performative?)
The book is mine. (Is this constative?)

Thank you!
P.S.
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Constative
Linguistics
Denoting a speech act or sentence that is a statement declaring something to be the case.
‘a constative sentence’


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Performative
1.2Linguistics Philosophy Relating to or denoting an utterance by means of which the speaker performs a particular act (e.g. I bet, I apologize, I promise).
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Reply Fri 24 Nov, 2017 06:39 am
@iclearwater,
iclearwater wrote:
For examples: I declare, denounce... ( Are these performative?)
The book is mine. (Is this constative?)

You have understood correctly.
iclearwater
 
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Reply Fri 24 Nov, 2017 06:42 am
@centrox,
Thank you very much again. Smile
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 24 Nov, 2017 08:20 pm
@iclearwater,
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.... what "constative" and "performative" are i....?
Sure not me, but Ice, good q, it'a not everyday....
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