Examples of Performative Sentences in Presidential Records Working Paper 09-01_1
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Underwood  argues that an archivistâ€Ÿs ability to understand the acts carried out by records is fundamental to his capabilities to describe and review records for possible restrictions on disclosure. To support archivists in performing these tasks, he proposes an approach for automatically recognizing the speech acts performed by the sentences in electronic records. This method is dependent, in part, on the capability to recognize performative verbs and interpret performative sentences. Verbs like recommend, request, and promise whose action is accomplished merely by saying them or writing them are termed performative verbs. A performative verb has a performative use in a performative sentence if the form of the verb is first person (singular or plural), present tense, indicative, and active (or passive) voice. There are also performative sentences in which the verb is in the present continuous, in nominalized form, or in passive voice. In this report, 201 performative verbs are defined and examples are provided that were found in the Public Papers of the Presidents. These examples are being analyzed to determine syntactic and semantic features that will enable the implementation of that part of the speech act recognition method for recognizing and interpreting performative sentences.