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Word of the Day: Locution

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1. A word or phrase, esp. with regard to style or idiom.

  • A person's style of speech: his impeccable locution.

2. An utterance regarded in terms of its intrinsic meaning or reference, as distinct from its function or purpose in context. Compare with illocution, perlocution.

  • Language regarded in terms of locutionary rather than illocutionary or perlocutionary acts.

ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin locutio(n-), from loqui 'speak.'




noun [Philosophy & Linguistics]

An act of speaking or writing that has an action as its aim but that in itself does not effect or constitute the action, for example persuading or convincing. Compare with illocution.


ORIGIN: 1950s: from modern Latin perlocutio(n-), from per- 'throughout' + locutio(n-) 'speaking.'



noun [Philosophy & Linguistics]

An act of speaking or writing which in itself effects or constitutes the intended action, e.g. ordering, warning, or promising. Compare with perlocution.

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