SEMANTICS: the status of an utterance as a question, promise, threat,
etc. This term should not be confused with illocutionary act, which is a
speech act, expressing the intention
of the speaker.
EXAMPLE: the sentence Do you know what time it is? is uttered
with the illocutionary force of a yes-no question, but uttering it is an
illocutionary act of a request: it would be improper to answer with a simple 'yes'.
|LIT.||Austin, J.L. (1962)|