The sentence: "I order you to do X". order is a performative verb, it is a speech act which has the illocutionary force is an order. The sentence: "I inspire you to do X". Although is also looks like a performative verb, it does not seem to work as a speech act. Any thoughts/ideas? Many thanks

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    So what's your question? – The Thin Whistler Jan 10 at 11:50
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    I suggest reading the entirety of How to Do Things with Words by Austin for the argument on why every utterance must be performative in all cases. I don’t know why people seem to be so hung up on the constative/performative distinction he proposes on the first half of the book, and obscure that the author himself deconstructs the distinction on the second half of the book. – melissa_boiko Jan 10 at 14:21
  • Hi! have read the lectures, and Searles as well. I am only getting a sense that both, even though syntactically identical, both with performative verbs are both the same. – tan146 Jan 10 at 14:33
  • The sentence with inspire reminds me of Marie Kondo; since I don't become inspired by virtue of reading (or hearing) your inspiration sentence, it was not performative. Performative predicates are social causatives. That's why they were such a natural frame for abstract syntax. – jlawler Jan 10 at 16:05
  • this question is too broad to possibly answer, as it stands. Please provide us with some more specific questions if you want us to provide answers – Tristan Jan 11 at 10:20

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