Glossary of Linguistic Terms



Fit is a correspondence, or lack of correspondence, between the state of affairs described by the propositional content of an illocutionary act and the state of affairs in the world.



  • The truth or falsity of the contents of an assertive act
  • The status of a commissive act's contents as kept or broken by the speaker
  • The status of a directive act's contents as fulfilled or unfulfilled by the person from whom compliance is sought
  • The successful or unsuccessful performance of a declarative act

Glossary Hierarchy