Speech Acts Karo and Mendoza

Speech Acts Karo and Mendoza

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  • John has received the results of his last checkup with Dr. Cruz.
  • He doesn't have long left to live, I don't know how to tell him without worrying him too much.
  • Sir... I'm sorry to tell you that the results of your bloodwork came back. I'm afraid you have been diagnosed with Stage 2 Leukemia.
  • I'm not sure John. I'll do my best to help you, but there's no guarantee the treatment would work.
  • Doctor, is there any way to help me?
  • Well, then I guess I'll just live while I can. Thank you for telling me doc.
  • Dr. Cruz intended to let John know that he only has a few months to live, however, she wants to say it in a subtle way. As the illocutionary act, she wants to warn him of the fact that it is confirmed that he only has a few months to live because of his disease.
  • As Dr. Cruz started to talk to him, she tries to make sure that she does not worry him, so she talks in a very light tone. However, she had no choice but to inform him that he has only a few months to live.
  • As the perlocutionary act, he becomes really scared and sad. However, he realizes that he only has a few months to live, so he decides to make the most out of his few months of living. He leaves the clinic with a bittersweet feeling, as he realizes the importance of the time and the inevitability of the life he has.
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