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Performing acts of speech in discourse

Author: Pătrunjel Alina
Degree:doctor of philology
Speciality: 10.02.01 - Romanian Language
Scientific adviser: Ion Bărbuţă
doctor, associate professor (docent), Institute of Philology
Institution: Institute of Philology


The thesis was presented on the 7 February, 2020
Approved by NCAA on the 31 July, 2020


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CZU 11.135.1:808.5(043.2)

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170 pages


acts of speech, illocutionary force, propositional content, communicative intent, conversational interaction, adjacency pair, discursive behaviour of speech acts, discursive valence of speech acts, initiative intervention, reactive intervention


Thesis structure: introduction, 4 chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography from 114 titles, 140 pages of basic text and 2 annexes. The obtained results are published in 7 scientific papers.

Study field: speech acts theory, interactional pragmatics, speech analysis.

Research methodology: the following special methods were applied: pragmasemantic analysis, which helped with identifying the features of speech acts, in particular the specifics of the illocutionary value, and interaction analysis, a contextual analysis, due to which their discursive behaviour was studied.

Purpose of the thesis: studying acts of speech in order to establish their pragmasemantic features and to identify their combinatorial virtualities (interactional dimension) that could serve as basis for describing the general functioning mechanisms of these units in the conversational interaction.

Objectives of the thesis: identifying of the pragmasemantic features of the acts of speech that regulate their succession, chaining in the conversational interaction; achieving a typology of acts of speech that could serve as a base for explaining their discursive behaviour; revealing of the features specific to conversational interaction and adjacency pairs, as minimal sequences of the conversational interaction; establishing and describing of the functions with which acts of speech are used in the structure of adjacency pairs; examining acts of speech as elements of the dialogic communication.

Important scientific problem solved consisted in identifying and describing general principles, which regulate the discursive behaviour of speech acts during the communication process. The novelty and scientific originality of the paper resides in the fact that a correlation between the illocutionary and discursive features of acts of speech has been established. The research made has shown that the illocutionary force specific to acts of speech has an important role in organizing and progress of the conversational interaction.

The theoretic significance of the study derives firstly from the addressed theoretical problems. The thesis proposes a problem solving alternative that the functioning of the acts of speech involves in the conversational interaction in Romanian. Formulating the general laws that regulate the discursive behaviour of the acts of speech, the research made in this thesis open the road towards shaping the conversational interaction.

Applicative value of the thesis. The obtained results are relevant to understand the way of organizing of the dialogue and could be used to elaborate academic speeches of linguistic pragmatics, of communication culture, but also to teach Romanian as a foreign language. The given thesis could act as an incentive for ulterior research regarding the manifestation of acts of speech at discursive level.

Implementing scientific results. The results of the investigation have been used to elaborate the scientific materials that were published or presented during scientific events, also in the educational activity, to elaborate materials used during the process of teaching the English language.