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Speech Act Theory: Definition & Pragmatics

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What is speech act theory?

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1. Complete the following sentence: Speech act theory helps to define the relationship of:

2. The five speech acts in the theory are:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to gauge your understanding of speech act theory. Topics you will need to know include defining speech act theory and identifying the relationship that is better defined by the theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these guidelines to:

  • Identify five acts of speech theory
  • Name the main American philosopher who led speech act theory research
  • Understand pragmatics

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will help you with the following:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related public speaking lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding which relationship is better defined through the speech act theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the tenets of speech act theory

Additional Learning

Want more information on this topic? Review the lesson named Speech Act Theory: Definition & Pragmatics, which covers the following objectives:

  • Define pragmatics
  • Understand the role of using language
  • Analyze individually the five speech acts
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