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Grewendorf, Günther. 1972. Sprache ohne Kontext: Zur Kritik der performativen Analyse. In Wunderlich, Dieter, ed. Linguistische Pragmatik. Athenäum Verlag. pp. 144–182.
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Some attempts to incorporate the illocutionary character of utterances into a generative analysis of sentences, especially the performative hypothesis, are criticized for losing sight of the distinction between sentences and utterances: the illocutionary force of an utterance depends on its context, and the illocutionary force assigned to a sentence in its deep structure cannot exhaust its illocutionary act potential.