Homeric Voices: Discourse, Memory, Gender

Hardcover | March 22, 2007

byElizabeth Minchin

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Homeric Voices is a study, from a compositional point of view, of the substantial speeches and exchanges of speech that Homer depicts in his songs. Drawing on research in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and cognitive psychology, Elizabeth Minchin considers the words that Homerattributes to his characters from two perspectives, as cognitive and as social phenomena. She asks how the poet worked with memory to generate the speech forms that he represents; and how Homeric speech constructs and reveals the social hierarchies that are bound up with age, status, and gender -with particular interest in gender - in the world of the poems.

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Homeric Voices is a study, from a compositional point of view, of the substantial speeches and exchanges of speech that Homer depicts in his songs. Drawing on research in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and cognitive psychology, Elizabeth Minchin considers the words that Homerattributes to his characters from two perspectives, a...

Elizabeth Minchin is Reader in the School of Language Studies, Australian National University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:March 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. Discourse and memory1. Speech acts in Homer: the rebuke as a case-study2. On declining an invitation: context, form, and function3. Questions in the Odyssey: rhythm and regularity4. Hysteron proton in questions and answers5. Verbal behaviour in its social context: three question strategies in the OdysseyII. Discourse and gender6. Linguistic choices in Homer: rebukes and protests7. Competitive and co-operative strategies I: information questions8. Competitive and co-operative strategies II: directives9. Competitive and co-operative strategies III: interruptions10. Storytelling and gender