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declarative verb and performative verb
In the book The English Verb: An Eploration of Structure and Meaning by Michael Lewis I found this:
My question is whether the 'so-called' declarative verbs are the same thing as performative verbs. 1) I pronounce you husband and wife.
This usage is restricted to certain verbs - I shall call them declarative verbs
- in which the saying of the sentence is the action described by the sentence. Further examples are: I swear by almighty God...
(the oath taken in court) That's all right, I forgive you.
Thank you in advance
Re: declarative verb and performative verb
Those examples are to me.
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