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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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Competitive and Co-operative Strategies III: Interruptions

Competitive and Co-operative Strategies III: Interruptions

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(p.222) 9 Competitive and Co-operative Strategies III: Interruptions
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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/9780199280124.003.09

In conversation people generally observe a principle of turn-taking. Interruption occurs when a participant breaks in on the person speaking in an attempt to take the floor. Interruption in Homer's world is relatively rare. This chapter evaluates the function of those interruptions that Homer describes, asking in particular whether we might associate interruption with the verbal behaviour of men or of women. Despite the evidence of the Iliad, which shows interruption as a pattern of dominance associated more with men, the evidence of the Odyssey indicates that there can be no single reading of interruption in Homer's world.

Keywords:   turn-taking, interruption, dominance, gender, Agamemnon, Odysseus, Odyssey

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