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Amante, David J. 1976. Linguistic insecurity: Speaker's variable degree of commitment in speech acts. Papers from the Mid-America Linguistics Conference 1976 : 1–12.
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Competent users of a language have the ability to both create and interpret sentences in which the illocutionary force is unmistakably present, or in which the force is attenuated, hedged, and partially disguised. To account for this variable strength of illociutionary force, the author proposes the concept of speaker commitment.