Effective communication. A Platonic case study

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    As a contribution to the valedictory volume for John Nerbonne I present a case study of two thematically similar passages in Plato where I will make use of an analysis based on discourse cohesion and above all on the rhetorical and manipulative use of particles to show how a single (leading) discourse participant can convey two completely different views using the same linguistic means. The basic issue in both passages is the same: is the specialist the best and most convincing speaker on the specialism in question or is this the orator or, in modern terminology, the communication exper
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFrom Semantics to Dialectometry
    Subtitle of host publicationFestschrift in honor of John Nerbonne
    EditorsMartijn Wieling, Martin Kroon, Gertjan Van Noord
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherCollege Publications
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)978-1848902305
    Publication statusPublished - Jan-2017


    • Ancient Greek; particles; discourse analysis

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