Felicity condition

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Felicity condition is a convention regulating the appropriate use of performative utterances. The felicity conditions for the utterance in (i) say - among other things - that the speaker must have the authority to marry two people:

(i) I hereby declare you husband and wife


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


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