One exchange (a single speech) in a real or imaginary conversation between two or more entities.


For example, the conversation may be between an interviewer and the person being interviewed, between a nurse and a patient, or between a person and a computer. Each time a new speaker takes over, a new <speech> starts, which names the speaker (<speaker>) and then contains one or more paragraphs (<p>) that hold what speaker said.
In this Suite, a speech is not part of any particular larger element structure; a speech is just one identified fragment of the whole conversation.
Usage: A <speech> is modeled to name the speaker, followed by a minimum of one full paragraph to contain the speech’s text, even if what is spoken is only a few words, for example:
In the circumstance in which many voices are heard as one, for example, “All the Kings Men” or “Tom and Jerry”, the combination is considered to be a single speaker.

Related Elements

A <speech> is a container element that names the person, object, or group speaking (<speaker>), followed by one complete utterance, modeled as one or more paragraphs.


Content Model

<!ELEMENT  speech       %speech-model;                               >

Expanded Content Model

(speaker, (p)+)


The following, in order:

This element may be contained in:


<p>The participants understood the purpose of their peer
response groups to be finding mistakes or problems in each
other&rsquo;s essays. ... Clara, one of the Chinese-speakers,
explains why she no longer believes the initial positive comments:
<p>I think Aeenoy start this way. I think she always do
this way, like say some good thing first. And then I know
the bad thing is coming.</p>
<p>So, why doe she do that?</p>
<p>I think it gives somebody self-esteem ...</p>