Consider the following piece of dialogue:

Peter: Hello, Mary! How do you do?
Mary: Hi, Peter! Fine, and you?

What is the term for the part in bold, the specification of who is to speak a particular line?

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    These seem to be called "character names" in screenplays. I've checked several formatting guides for screenplays, and they all seem to use this (rather obvious) terminology. – Peter Shor Jan 25 '13 at 23:39
  • @PeterShor This would make a good answer. – MetaEd Jan 26 '13 at 0:30

Interlocutors: The persons who take part in a dialog.

  • Sorry, could you please explain, will be this term "designation the interlocutors" clear? – aaa Jan 25 '13 at 19:25
  • There are other synonyms. "Interlocutor" is precise, but may sound high-brow or supercilious. "Speakers" is also good enough. – Canis Lupus Jan 25 '13 at 19:26
  • You may say "The speakers (or interlocutors) are..." Does that help? – Canis Lupus Jan 25 '13 at 19:27
  • Nearly. But I need to say something like: " xxx: - is the designation of interlocutors in dialogue" - will be this clear? – aaa Jan 25 '13 at 19:28
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    Perhaps xxx: identifies the speaker in dialog would be a simpler way of putting it. "Designation" is a slightly obscure term that doesn't really fit here (it's more the name by which something will be known, rather than the format in which something will be written). – FumbleFingers Jan 25 '13 at 19:35

If you're talking about the name for the text that says who is speaking, in screenplays these seem to be called "character cues" or "character names". I've checked several formatting guides for screenplays, and those that have a term for this use one or the other of these.

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