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By uttering a formula of acceptance the listener himself performs an illocutionary act, viz. that of acceptance, which in its turn entails certain interactional obligations in respect of his further behaviour (verbal or other wise). For example, a person who has explicitly accepted a promise cannot subsequently simply turn round and say that the acts by which the promise is fulfilled are not to his liking, and a man who has explicitly accepted an order can subsequently be required to carry it out.
Whether he realy believes it is in the present context not relevant. If the recognizability conditions have been fulfilled, the speaker can be held liable for the illocution concerned, and this implies that the listener is entitled to assume that the preparatory condition and sincerity conditions have been met. The performance of the illocution of acceptance or the illocution of rejection always endows the listener with certain rights and imposes upon the speaker certain obligations. The chief of these, in this case, is that the listener may hold the speaker to his standpoint regarding the expressed opinion.
But Cohen's standpoint is that all illocutions are associated with the bringing about of perlocutionary effects and the means-end charac terization does not apply in all cases. He considers it misleading - perhaps Austin and Searle are the victims of this - that suitable terms are not available to denote all associated perlocutions, but it would certainly be mistaken to deduce from this that no perlocutionary effect was linked with the illocutions in question. the speaker an intention to do what is promised, and his acting in ways commensurate with and dependent on the speaker's doing what is promised' (1973:499).