Thus, speech act theory would accept the five characters 'AZERT' as a speech act only after determining the context in which it was used. Foucault can call it a statement wherever he finds it enunciated, even before he knows what its relational properties are. Thus, the range of the statement is enormous, excluding only abstract series of signs (like language itself) and material signs (like ink on a page) that have not actually been enunciated. Thus, the statement as such is gaining some definition here, but not in the sense of a structure or size or principle of individuation that holds everywhere and at all times (such aspects will depend on the enunciative context). We might call the realm of statements as such by a name Foucault uses elsewhere with regard to the field of discourse as such: 'anonymous.'

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