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Dave Munger

I think the world of literary criticism might have something to offer here -- typically this is referred to as "performative language" in those circles -- cf. Austin, Culler.

Robert Rushing

Literary criticism did do a fair amount with it, but it originates in philosophy (Austin was a philosopher, not a literary critic), and the philosophical literature on performatives is enormous--in its own way it determined the overall direction of Anglo-American philosophy toward analytic philosophy. Certainly it is normally called "performative speech" or "performative utterances."

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