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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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On Declining an Invitation: Context, Form, and Function

On Declining an Invitation: Context, Form, and Function

(p.52) 2 On Declining an Invitation: Context, Form, and Function
Homeric Voices

Elizabeth Minchin (Contributor Webpage)

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The format that generates the refusal of an invitation is stored in memory as implicit knowledge. The format cues a set of three moves that, taken together, enables the speaker to decline an invitation in a courteous manner. Although we may not immediately recognize the standardized nature of the refusals we offer, because the language we use varies from context to context, the format to which Homer refers in the performance of his epics is the same as that to which we refer in casual talk today.

Keywords:   refusing an invitation, declining an invitation, memory, implicit knowledge, speech-format

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