ILLOCUTIONARY ACTS IN DOCTOR-PREGNANT WOMAN (DPW) CONVERSATIONAL INTERACTIONS IN SELECTED HOSPITALS IN IBADAN
By UNUABONAH FOLUKE
This paper explores the illocutionary acts in doctor-pregnant woman conversational interactions. The data were collected from randomly selected consultations between doctors and pregnant women from a state-owned and private-owned hospital in Ibadan. The conversations were tape recorded and transcribed. Searle’s typology of speech acts was used in the analysis of the data.
The illocutionary acts feature three institutional acts (diagnosing, follow-up and treatment) and four general acts (representatives, directives, commissives and expressives). The study of the illocutions in doctor-pregnant woman conversational interactions can help in the understanding of antenatal practice as it gives one the meaning and understanding of utterances in antenatal discourse.