interlocutor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n interlocutor a person who takes part in a conversation
    • n interlocutor the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Interlocutor (Law) An interlocutory judgment or sentence.
    • Interlocutor One who takes part in dialogue or conversation; a talker, interpreter, or questioner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n interlocutor One who speaks in a dialogue or takes part in a conversation.
    • n interlocutor In Scots law, a judgment or sentence pronounced in the course of a suit, but which does not finally determine the cause. The term, however, in Scotch practice, is applied indiscriminately to the judgments or orders of any court of record, whether they exhaust the question at issue or not.
    • n interlocutor In negro minstrelsy, the middleman. See middleman, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Interlocutor one who speaks between or in dialogue (fem. Interloc′utress, Interloc′utrice):
    • n Interlocutor (Scots law) an intermediate decree before final decision
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. interlocuteur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. interlocutio, from interloquiinter, between, loqui, locutus, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

He was beginning to feel an interest in his curious, whimsical interlocutor.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
Now she answered her small interlocutor truthfully.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
The boy gave his interlocutor an impudent stare.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
He stared at his interlocutor keenly, then at the others.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
Our man was probably misinformed as to who their interlocutor was.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
O'Brien eyed his interlocutors coldly.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Neither of the two interlocutors ventured to speak.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
I look round me, and watch my interlocutor preparing to make bread.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
And so, turning from his interlocutor, he briefly but kindly recommended Leon to get back instanter to his concert.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But her interlocutor was not watching her very closely just then.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
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In news:

I'm either the most gullible person on the web or I'm the only person willing to make an assumption of good faith about my interlocutors — or I'm both.
Noting that Jesus' interlocutors in today's gospel reading were truly amazed at his answer, Stanley Hauerwas comments that it's too bad Christians have not been equally amazed.
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In science:

This means that the utterances of the agents have to be adapted not only to the content of the information which is exchanged but also to many other properties of the interlocutors, such as their emotional state, gender, cultural background, etc.
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents
The deep structure of referring expressions is dealt with in a separate module, which takes the common ground of the interlocutors into account.
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents
Investigations into dialogue by computational linguists have typically focussed on the communication between the interlocutors that take part in the dialogue.
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
Of course the Information State approach also lends itself for such a separation, but typically the authoring and performance functions are taken care of by the same agent (the interlocutors) and take place at the same time.
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
The RRL dialogue script consists of four parts: 1. A representation of the initial common ground of the interlocutors.
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
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