An utterance is a complete unit of speech in spoken language. It is generally but not always bounded by silence.

It can be "represented" and delineated in written language in many ways. Note that utterances do not exist in written language, only their "representations" do.

ee also

*Speech act
*Speech processing


*Mikhail Bakhtin "The Problem of Speech Genres" p.68
*Seth Benedict Graham " [http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-11032003-192424/unrestricted/grahamsethb_etd2003.pdf A CULTURAL ANALYSIS OF THE RUSSO-SOVIET ANEKDOT] " 2003 p.18

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