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The Discourse Pragmatics of Chariton’s Speech Margins

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This chapter focuses on speech margins of direct dialogue in Chariton. It provides a brief theoretical orientation to discipline of conversation analysis, a discipline that has developed an extensive literature along with highly nuanced theoretical debates. The chapter also provides enough conversation analytical theory to facilitate the analyses of speech margin variation in Chariton's conversations. It is a study of monologic direct speech in Chariton. Individual utterances are the building blocks of dialogue. The chapter looks at paired utterances in Chariton. The chapter examines more complex dialogic structures, comprising more than one exchange, and provides Chariton's representation of complex and compound bipartisan exchanges. The author simply used this issue as illustration of what an alternative hypothesis might look like. The illustration reminds us that, in discourse pragmatics, there are numerous constraints operating simultaneously upon the author's choice of forms.

Keywords: Chariton's speech margins; complex bipartisan exchanges; conversation analysis; discourse pragmatics; monologic direct speech



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