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Hi!

Philip Newton writes:
> On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 17:55, Henrik Theiling<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>...
>> It is used in:
>>
>>   (You are husband and wife).DECL
>>   ~'I pronounce you husband and wife.'
>>
>>   (I won't run away).DECL
>>   ~'I promise I won't run away.'
>>
>> Hmm, maybe there is a better name for it?
>
> The "I pronounce you husband and wife" rang a bell: I've heard that
> kind of thing called a "performative".
>
> Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Performative_utterance ) has
> some information about this; apparently, usage is not uniform, and
> some call this kind of thing "declarations".
>
> I found the list of examples at the end interesting -- also includings
> things such as "This meeting is now adjourned" and even "I accept your
> apology".

That's exactly what the declarative mood is used for in Qþyn|gài. :-)

**Henrik