- Performative verbs are verbs that,
once uttered, `do' something, such as confer a status or commit the speaker
to some action, expectation, or outcome. English verbs like
`pronounce (someone) married)', `promise', `swear, take an oath', `order' etc.
are performative in that they have legal, ritual, ceremonial, and other
consequences. Especially when preceded by `hereby', they are irrevocable in
the sense that they commit the speaker to some outcome.
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996