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1 Allocation of Speech

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This chapter looks at the allocation of speech and certain speech modes to characters and groups, and offer novel explanations for the preference of different speech modes. Its main line of argument is that speech structure may affect characterization. The chapter focuses specifically on the form of speech, to demonstrate that the attribution and non-attribution of speech to characters, as well as its mode and length, can be treated as markers of characterization, this is a kind of 'structural characterization', as Pitcher calls it. It describes the two modes of analysis: the alternation between direct and indirect speech modes, and silence. It investigates the wider picture of the arrangement and distribution of speech to Greeks and Persians and the ramifications this picture carries for both the underpinning and questioning of the distinction between self and other.

Keywords: Greek; Persians; speech modes



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