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Homeric VoicesDiscourse, Memory, Gender$
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Elizabeth Minchin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280124.001.0001

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Speech Acts in Homer: The Rebuke as a Case Study

Speech Acts in Homer: The Rebuke as a Case Study

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(p.23) 1 Speech Acts in Homer: The Rebuke as a Case Study
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Homeric Voices
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Elizabeth Minchin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280124.003.01

By relating Homer's speech-formats to cognitive psychology's account of the storage of implicit knowledge, conclusions can be drawn about the mind-based resources on which the poet drew as he sang—and on which we draw as we speak. It is argued that the Homeric rebuke was a stylized version of everyday discourse, cued by the rebuke format that the poet had acquired, almost unconsciously, early in life and stored in memory. What the apprentice poet learned from a master-singer was not the rebuke itself, but the special formulation of the rebuke for the purposes of oral song.

Keywords:   speech-format, implicit knowledge, rebuke, stylization, everyday talk, memory, apprentice poet, Albert Lord

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