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Turn-taking in Shakespeare

Oliver Morgan


Whenever people talk to one another, there are at least two things going on at once. First, and most obviously, there is an exchange of speech. Second, and slightly less obviously, there is a negotiation about how that exchange is organized—about whose turn it is to talk at any given moment. Linguists call this second, organizational, level of communicative activity ‘turn-taking’, and since the late 1970s it has been central to the way in which spoken interaction is understood. In spite of its relevance to the study of drama, however, turn-taking has received little attention from critics and ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, dialogue, turn-taking, drama, conversation analysis, rhetoric, editing, prosody, performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198836353
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198836353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Morgan, author
Maître-assistant in early modern English literature University of Geneva