An Analysis of Illocutionary Force in the Diplomatic Language of Zuozhuan

Yongmei He
2018 Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Culture, Education and Economic Development of Modern Society (ICCESE 2018)   unpublished
Modern linguistics has contributed a lot to the development of literature analysis and translation theory. Being a central subdomain of pragmatics, the theory of speech acts is an important theoretical foundation in the pragmatic approach. According to the theory, human beings do not simply produce sentences that are true or false, but rather perform speech actions through utterances. The performative intention embedded in every utterance is usually called "illocutionary force". Illocutionary
more » ... e". Illocutionary force can be explicitly stated on the surface of utterances, or it can be implicitly unstated and hidden under the surface representations. Zuozhuan is a famous historical and literary work of the Spring and Autumn period in China. In the concise diplomatic language of this book plentiful implicit illocutionary forces are contained and expressed. Considering this distinctive feature, this paper gives a tentative study of the modes of expressing illocutionary force in the diplomatic language of Zuozhuan based on speech act theory.
doi:10.2991/iccese-18.2018.140 fatcat:fnqndwchrnf6ng4vqxygocjeom