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Unformatted text preview: 2/5 Questions for Lakoff and Wilce Why does Lakoff split language into a triangle? What are the parts, and whats the purpose of that particular shape? Form, meaning, and function. The idea of representing language as a triangle is just as a triangle from which a point is taken away not only is no longer a triangle but it isnt anything. So language is a composite of all three aspects and none can be studied in isolation without incurring distortion or creating nonsense. Definitions: Speech act A linguistic form, which by being spoken alters reality. It makes a promise of obligation between the speaker and the addressee. Assertions The speaker is providing information to the addressee Commissives Commits a speaker to a certain action. The words promise and offer are examples Injunctions Commits an addressee to certain action. Examples are orders, includes, suggestions, and requests....
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