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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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Verbal Behaviour in its Social Context: Three Question Strategies in the Odyssey

Verbal Behaviour in its Social Context: Three Question Strategies in the Odyssey

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(p.117) 5 Verbal Behaviour in its Social Context: Three Question Strategies in the Odyssey
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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/9780199280124.003.05

This chapter examines a selection of questions from the Odyssey in terms of their functions as social acts that may reflect, reinforce, or revise the social relationship of the speakers. The three categories identified by Esther Goody are deference-questions, control-questions, and counter-questions. Each of these forms acknowledges the power-relations between any speaker and his or her addressee, and illustrates the important links between verbal and social interaction. Knowledge of the world and of social relationships in that world shapes both our talk and our interpretation of the talk of others, including the character-speech of the Odyssey.

Keywords:   deference-question, control-question, counter-question, Esther Goody, verbal interaction, social interaction, character-speech

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