The politeness of Achilles : off-record conversation strategies in Homer and the meaning of kertomia

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Title: The politeness of Achilles : off-record conversation strategies in Homer and the meaning of kertomia
Authors: Lloyd, Michael (Michael A.)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2935
Date: 2004
Abstract: This article examines social interaction in Homer in the light of modern conversation analysis, especially Grice's theory of conversational implicature. Some notoriously problematic utterances are explained in terms of their 'off-record' significance. One particular off-record conversation strategy is characterized by Homer as kertomia, and this is discussed in detail. The article focusses on social problems at the end of Achilles' meeting with Priam in Iliad XXIV, and in particular on the much-discussed word epikertomeon (24.649).
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
Journal: Journal of Hellenic Studies
Volume: 124
Issue: 1
Start page: 75
End page: 89
Copyright (published version): 2004 The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
Keywords: Politeness theoryAncient Greek literature
Subject LCSH: Politeness (Linguistics)
Homer. Iliad
Epic poetry, Greek--History and criticism
Conversation analysis
Other versions: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3246151
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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