Posted by Bob on August 18, 2004
In Reply to: Re: "Hold the floor" posted by Miri Barak 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.
: Thanks Michael and ESC. in this case it's a communication between people.
: I understand that it is the one who has the permission to talk.
Almost. "Permission" sounds like a mutual agreement, but "holding the floor" can be imposing one's will by not allowing another to speak. A bit of bullying. (Not always rude, but often forceful. Sometimes with permission.)