Reported Speech

Authored by: Isabelle Buchstaller

The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415531412
eBook ISBN: 9781315668925
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VoloŇ°inov famously argued that reported speech is the reproduction of ‘an utterance belonging to someone else’ (1986: 116). However, reported speech – or quotation – more precisely involves the recreation of speech, thoughts, sounds or gestures that were originally produced by someone else or by ourselves at a different time (t-1) from the interactive now (t0). In most speech communities, speakers use verba dicendi, such as English say and think (as in 1 and 2) for the reporting of speech and thought processes.

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