Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Illocutionary Point


An illocutionary point is the basic purpose of a speaker in making an utterance.

It is a component of illocutionary force.


According to certain analyses, there are five kinds of illocutionary points:

  • To assert something
  • To commit to doing something
  • To attempt to get someone to do something
  • To bring about a state of affairs by the utterance
  • To express an attitude or emotion