Reported speech forms a dedicated syntactic domain

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Spronck , S & Nikitina , T 2019 , ' Reported speech forms a dedicated syntactic domain ' , Linguistic Typology , vol. 23 , no. 1 , pp. 119-159 . https://doi.org/10.1515/lingty-2019-0005

Title: Reported speech forms a dedicated syntactic domain
Author: Spronck, Stef; Nikitina, Tatiana
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2019-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 41
Belongs to series: Linguistic Typology
ISSN: 1430-0532
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/302557
Abstract: In many languages, expressions of the type ‘x said: “p”’, ‘x said that p’ or ‘allegedly, p’ share properties with common syntactic types such as construc- tions with subordination, paratactic constructions, and constructions with sen- tence-level adverbs. On closer examination, however, they often turn out to be atypical members of these syntactic classes. In this paper we argue that a more coherent picture emerges if we analyse these expressions as a dedicated syntac- tic domain in itself, which we refer to as ‘reported speech’. Based on typological observations we argue for the idiosyncrasy of reported speech as a syntactic class. The article concludes with a proposal for a cross-linguistic characterisa- tion that aims at capturing this broadly conceived domain of reported speech with a single semantic definition.
Subject: DEIXIS
PERSPECTIVE
QUOTATION
SCOPE
THOUGHT
demonstration
optionality
quotation
reportativity
reported speech
syntax
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