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By Elizabeth Minchin

The 9th assembly within the overseas Orality and Literacy within the old international sequence - within the 50th 12 months because the booklet in 1960 of Albert Lord's The Singer of stories - took as its subject 'Composition and Performance'. This quantity incorporates a number of these papers, numerous of which illustrate methodologically leading edge techniques to the act of composition, the character of functionality, and vocalization in textual content. into consideration are Homer, Hesiod, Plato, Isocrates, the orators of the second one Sophistic, and Proclus. Cross-cultural stories contain, among others, South Slavic epic and a textual content from the Sanskrit archive.

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22 Schadewaldt (: – [= (: –)]) following the path set by Kirchhoff (: –, esp. ); Blass (: –); Wilamowitz-Moellendorff (: –); von der Mühll (: ); Focke (: – esp. –); Page (: –); also Merkelbach (: –, –). For the many and varied excisions (inter al. ), as follows:23 ς φ το, με δησεν δ πολ τλας δ ος Οδυσσε ς, α ψα δ Τηλ μαχον πεα πτερ εντα προση δα· Τηλ μαχ’, τοι μητ ρ’ ν μεγ ροισιν ασον πειρ ζειν μ εν· τ χα δ φρ σεται κα ρειον.

De Jong describes free indirect speech without either seeming to realize that she has done so or attaching any great significance to the fact. ‘Strictly speaking, he [Demodocus] is not a secondary narrator, since his songs are quoted in indirect rather than direct speech . . , which after a few lines becomes an independent construction. In this way the voices of primary and secondary narrator merge’ (–). 8 Were it not that 7 See especially , a reference to Elizabethan prose in particular.

For instance, in the sentence ‘Joe said, “I am not feeling well” ’, the pronoun ‘I’ refers to Joe and not to whoever is telling us that Joe said this. In contrast, an indirect speech version3 of the same utterance might say, ‘Joe said that he was not feeling well’, where the third person pronoun refers to Joe from the perspective of the reporting voice and not from Joe’s own point of view. Similarly, in direct quotation, the time in the speech is presented from Joe’s perspective, and so the tense of the main verb in Joe’s speech is in the 1 de Jong (b: –) gives a brief overview of speech presentation techniques most frequently found in Homeric poetry.

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