Posted by ESC on August 18, 2004
In Reply to: "Hold the floor" posted by ESC on August 18, 2004
: : : My context:
: : : "Scollon & Scollon's concept of "distribution of talk" which refers t the mutual agreement between individuals as to who talks first, *holds the floor*, how each takes a turn or interrupts is useful here..."
: : : I'm not sure about the meaning of "holds the floor".
: : : Is it who has the right to speak, or who dominates the conversation and speaks most of the time?
: : : Thank you very much
: : The humble frog guess:
: : "holds the floor" = "takes control"
: : Experts will certainly add on...
: No experts here. But I can tell you that holding the floor/yielding the floor has to do with parliamentary procedure regarding who will speak.
"Floor" as in (Merriam-Webster) 5c:
5b : the members of an assembly. Took questions from the floor. c : the right to address an assembly. The senator from Utah has the floor.