Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN 1018-2101
  • E-ISSN: 2406-4238


I suggest that promises and threats are similar speech acts and pose analogous problems for Speech Act Theory. After showing that they share the same formal types, I argue against there being purportedly fundamental differences between them in regard to explicitability, deontics, and illocution/perlocution. I conclude that the joint analysis of promises and threats suggests the propriety of a holistic theory of illocutionary acts.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Holism; Promises; Speech Act Theory; Threats
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