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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..

  1. 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.
  2. 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 )
  3. 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 …

http://www.gavinjensen.com/blog/reality-and-the-uses-of-language )

we will explore in the next blog…!!!

Classifications of Speech Act..by John Searle


All the speech acts happens in a certain context: Depending upon the speech context, the meaning changes, so context is decisive.

  1. DECLARATIONS: Speaker changes /creates a new world by the utterance. (Eg: Priest declares – I pronounce you are husband and wife … In an organization… Manager declares – You are promoted)
  2. REPRESENTATIVES: Speaker utterances about what he/she  believes to be TRUE or FALSE. (Eg: Speaker says – Earth is flat, Ball is round )
  3. EXPRESSIVES: Speaker expresses the psychological state like pain, pleasure, joy or sorrow (Eg: we are celebrating my son’s 1st birthday happily, I regret that I could not reach on time)
  4. DIRECTIVES: Speaker directs others to get something done like command, order, suggestion, requests.. (Eg: Stand outside of the class for not doing the homework, Please pass the book)

What is a “speech Act” ?… a source of performance

What is a Speech Act?

A speech act is an utterance that serves a function in communication. We perform speech acts when we offer an apology, greeting, request, complaint, invitation, compliment, or refusal. A speech act might contain just one word, as in “Sorry!” to perform an apology, or several words or sentences: “I’m sorry I forgot your birthday. I just let it slip my mind.” Speech acts include real-life interactions and require not only knowledge of the language but also appropriate use of that language within a given culture…. http://carla.umn.edu/speechacts/definition.html

What is most interesting is the utterance  of words alone is not creating the meaning…the background [ CONTEXT ] gives the meaning !!..so I am looking from the performance point of view…how does this matter ?

Who has the context ?….the initiator or the receiver…both…

we might have come across people who uses excellent vocabulary..but their utterance does not make an impact…because the context of initiator and receiver are completely different !.. so what is most important to achieve the performance ?……managing the context in which people take action impacts to a large extent…

that is why language is not only words, it is combination of so many things which include culture, circumstance,  peoples need and so on..the combination of which is a context…and becomes one of the source of performance …!! in terms of relationship, work, health, entertainment…








fundamental Moods…!

Positive Moods  Vs Negative Moods

  • Ambition, Persistence  —– —– Resignation, Boredom
  • Serenity, Peacefulness, Joy ——  Despair
  • Acceptance ——————- Resentment, Anger
  • Trust, Prudence Acceptance —— Distrust, Sceptism
  • Wonder ———————- Confusion
  • Speculation, Resolution, Urgency — Panic, Worry, Anxiety
  • Confidence ——————— Arrogance

Just being aware of the moods we are in …is a great timing to reflect on us …!!

  • Resignation, Boredom, Despair

Conversations that produce results (3) !!

This blog is sequel to the following blogs and the last of the series




Moving to step 3 ~ Step 6

Performer responds to customer requests, the performer may accepts or decline, the most important aspect is “Conditions of Satisfaction” ,  if the conditions of satisfaction is not clear,  the intended results are not clear. [ How about when we communicate, we clearly communicate as requester or clarify the conditions of satisfaction before accepting the request ]

this leads to the commitment of both parties to fulfill the conditions of satisfaction. The word “commitment” means dedicated to cause !!  … When we are dedicated to fulfill the conditions of satisfaction, certainly there is an action and the action produces results, which results in greater performance.

When both parties requester and performer evaluates the results, which has met the conditions of satisfaction, what is left behind ?….. Satisfaction, Performance, fulfillment….

Look at this cycle of commitment in your relationship,work, happiness, expressing yourselves with others…

Have great conversations that produces results !!!





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