Lost Performative - a statement, with a rule or judgement, without anyone taking responsibility. It can include an implication of an idea instead of a direct statement such as “Breathing is good.”
Lost Performative Examples
- "This school can’t perform like it used to."
- "Nothing works like it should."
- "This is the best party to align with."
- "They just don’t get it."
Practical Usage of Lost Performatives
- “It’s not important how quickly you relax” – contains the presupposition that 'you will relax', and it doesn’t mention who it isn’t important to.
- “It’s good that you can concentrate on my voice” – contains the presupposition that 'you will listen', and it doesn’t mention who it’s good for.
- Challenge a client's Lost Performative by asking: "Says Who?"