Dialogue Basics Activity 01: Greeting

Speech as action


It can help to think of speech as an action. People don't speak for no reason!

Here’s a simple speech action: greeting someone.

I said, “Hi, Hailey Jo.”

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There are a million ways in which we greet each other with speech.

“There you are, Gobgap!” said the tiger.

“Good evening customers,” a tinny voice said over the store’s PA.

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"I have no idea," he screamed, "where to put the punctuation marks in this so-called 'dialogue'!"

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