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Beale, Walter H. 1978. Rhetorical performative discourse: A new theory of epideictic. Philosophy and Rhetoric 11 (4) : 221–246.
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B. suggests that Austin's original distinction between performative and constative has an application to whole discourses or 'rhetorical acts', and that the notion of 'performative' thus applied is a principal definer of the category of rhetoric traditionally known as 'epideictic'.