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drawings by Jack Dawson


Speech acts are questions, statements, directives, and and their responses during a dialogue between two people. 

The grammar of speech acts contains extraneous comments and sentence fragments not examined or accepted in traditional grammar classes.    

Rose:  Who's this woman?                                                                                                                               

Jack:  Uh--She was a one-legged prostitute.                                                                                                 

Rose:  Oh--Yes! Very well drawn!                                                                                                                   

Jack:  Look! This is a woman I called Madame Bijoux.                                                                                          

Rose:  She's wearing all of her jewelry! 

Jack:  Yeah. She'd come into the tavern every night.