Creating our worlds through words
This series of communication blogs is get an awareness about the basics of communication, this awareness could help us to have conversations that create a new world in our relationship, performance in the job, in what we want to do and so on..
In the previous blog, I mentioned how Searle classified various speech act, and in this blog, we will see the “direction of fit” in our conversations… there are 3 kinds of direction possible..
- Word to World fit –> We use words to fit the existing world, for example “countries have different cultures”, in this culture in countries already exist, and the words we use fit to the world which already exists.
- World to Word fit –> “I will call you tomorrow morning by 10.00 AM”, in this sentence the world is fitted / modified to the words (the world “calling ” is modified to call tomorrow )
- Words change the world –> A new world is created which did not exist before. example – We will make Planet Mars habitable in the year 2020.!
Let us see how the direction of fit plays a key role in the classification of acts
|Act Type||Example sentence||Direction of fit||S=speaker; X=situation|
|Representative||My wife is not good at cooking||Make words fit the world||S complains/believes X (wife is not good at cooking as TRUE )|
|Directive||Please pass the book||Make the world fit word||S wants X to be done (Already existing world book is made to pass)|
|Commissive||I commit to solve this problem||Make the world fit words||S intends X
Speaker himself/herself is committed to some action
|Expressive||Hurray, we won the match||Make words fit the world||S feels X
Expressing some feelings
|Declaration||I baptize you in the name of the father
You are promoted as Manager
I forgive/accept you
|Words change the world||S causes X|
(I found a blog… which may be quite useful …
we will explore in the next blog…!!!