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    Default declarative verb and performative verb

    In the book The English Verb: An Eploration of Structure and Meaning by Michael Lewis I found this:

    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.
    My question is whether the 'so-called' declarative verbs are the same thing as performative verbs.

    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: declarative verb and performative verb

    Those examples are to me.

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