speech act

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n speech act the use of language to perform some act
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Quotations

  • Allan Bloom
    Allan Bloom
    “There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.”

Usage

In literature:

The general tenor of the earliest Christian apologetic, as it is to be found in the speeches of the Acts of the Apostles.
"The Life of St. Paul" by James Stalker
However you tried to phrase it, it came out sounding like a last-act speech from a historical play.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Was the speech delivered before or after the Stamp Act?
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
Nor has the act any relation to his previous speeches.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
His aim was to attain self-command, to be master of himself, of his thought and speech and acts.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
That intention shrivelled, somehow, in the act of speech.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
He looked and acted like a gentleman, and his speech indicated that he was a person of refinement.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
Extracts from the speeches of Lords Chatham and Camden on the passing and repeal of the Stamp Act.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
Garth's heart warmed to the act and the speech.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
You know you have made speeches before and have acted before people.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
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In poetry:

When first SIR BERKELY came aboard
He read a speech to all,
And told them how he'd made a vow
To act on duty's call.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Now, speech is very curious:
You never know what minute
A word will show a brand-new side,
With brand-new meaning in it.
This world could hardly turn around,
If some things acted like they sound.
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner

In news:

These Congressmen Want To Legislate Away Your Free Speech With 'The Violence in Video Games Labeling Act'.
Representative Paul D Ryan used his convention speech on Wednesday to fault President Obama for failing to act on a deficit-reduction plan that he himself had helped kill.
"Man must make the Torah manifest " in every action, speech and creative act.
The show starts in Act 5, with Hamlet's febrile death speech, then flashes back to Act 1, with Horatio and Fernando and the Ghost.
John Searle can be an acute thinker, and has given us insightful analyses of such topics as the nature of speech acts and the construction of social reality.
" during President Barack Obama's speech last week was an act "based on racism and rooted in fears of a black President".
Harvey Weinstein brilliantly sold The King's Speech as an acting triumph, scoring SAG and Oscar victories.
Thom Jones is the director of voice and speech for Trinity Rep and the Brown University acting program in Providence, Rhode Island.
From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America By Christopher M Finan Beacon Press 360p $25.95.
President Obama needs to act on speech.
The ban highlights the tough balancing act that Germany must face in grappling with its Nazi past while protecting free speech.
Last night, I opined that hate speech is a violent act because it incites people to harm the target of the speech.
This means that they frequently engage in a balancing act between free speech and these other values.
Neil Munro, the Daily Caller reporter who interrupted Obama's DREAM Act Lite speech yesterday by yelling, "Why do you favor foreigners over American workers".
After surviving the months-long opening act of campaign speeches, debates, commercials, and yard signs that proliferated like weeds, I missed the grand finale.
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In science:

They are also enriched with a communication kit including a primitive set of speech acts, a set of special “get message ” actions and a set of conversation protocols.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
In (Baldoni et al. 2003b) Dylog agents are enriched with a communication kit including a primitive set of speech acts, a set of special “get message ” actions and a set of conversation protocols.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Elephant 2000 - A programming language based on speech acts.
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
To design MAS, we developed a generic set of communication acts . The agents perform five speech acts: inform, diffuse, ask, reply and confirm. The basic elements of this language (variables and primitives of the language) are listed in the following table (Table 2).
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
CA = Where l is a speech act denoted by a performative verb, xe is the source of communication, xr is the receiver, t is the type of message and m is the message itself, which can be an assertion, a question, a response, etc.
Agent-Based {\mu}-Tools Integrated into a Co-Design Platform
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