A: Hi, Bob
B: Hi, how are you?
A: I'm great, you?

Each one of these lines forms a spoken dialogue. What is each of these "messages" called? Message seems correct, but makes me think of a written dialogue. Is there a better word?


Since it's a play, I'd go with "lines", just like you already used. -- ODO

(noun) 3.2 lines The words of an actor's part in a play or film.

he couldn't seem to remember his lines and had to read his dialogue off boards.

But, the moment she began speaking her lines, everyone was as in awe of her as I had been at auditions.

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    There's also a term "conversational line" Aug 10 '17 at 12:17

In linguistics, what you are describing is called a turn. Here are some sample texts in which this term is used:

Utterance Units in Spoken Dialogue”, Traum and Heeman

Turn construction unit” at Wikipedia

Utterance” in the “Glossary of Linguistic Terms” by SIL International


How about statement?

  • a definite or clear expression of something in speech or writing.


In your example, A states something, then B states something, then A states something else. It's a series of statements.

"Line" was pretty good, too.

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