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Title: Reported Discourse
Subtitle: A meeting ground for different linguistic domains
Edited By: Tom Güldemann
Manfred von Roncador
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 52

The present volume unites 15 papers on reported discourse from a wide genetic and geographical variety of languages. Besides the treatment of traditional problems of reported discourse like the classification of its intermediate categories, the book reflects in particular how its grammatical, semantic, and pragmatic properties have repercussions in other linguistic domains like tense-aspect-modality, evidentiality, reference tracking and pronominal categories, and the grammaticalization history of quotative constructions.
Almost all papers present a major shift away from analyzing reported discourse with the help of abstract transformational principles toward embedding it in functional and pragmatic aspects of language.
Another central methodological approach pervading this collection consists in the discourse-oriented examination of reported discourse based on large corpora of spoken or written texts which is increasingly replacing analyses of constructed de-contextualized utterances prevalent in many earlier treatments.
The book closes with a comprehensive bibliography on reported discourse of about 1.000 entries.

Table of Contents

Tom Güldemann and Manfred von Roncador vii
Abbreviations x
Part I. Categories of reported discourse and their use
1. Speech and thought representation in the Kartvelian (South Caucasian) languages
Winfred Boeder 3
2. Self-quotation in German: Reporting on past decisions
Andrea Golato 49
3. Direct and indirect speech in Cerma narrative
Ivan-Margaret Lowe and Ruth Hurlimann 71
4. Direct and indirect discourse in Tamil
Sanford B. Steever 91
5. The acceptance of ‘free indirect discourse’: A change of the representation of thought in Japanese
Yasushi Suzuki 109
6. Direct, indirect and other discourse in Bengali newspapers
Wim van der Wurff 121
Part II. Tense- aspect and evidentiality
7. Evidentiality and reported speech in Romance languages
Gerda Hassler 143
8. Discourse perspectives on tense choice in spoken-English reporting discourse
Tomoko I. Sakita 173
Part III. Logophoricity
9. The logophoric hierarchy and variation in Dogon
Chris Culy 201
10. Logophoric marking in East Asian languages
Yan Huang 211
Part IV. Form and history of quotative constructions
11. The grammaticalization of ‘say’ and ‘do’: An areal phenomenon in East Africa
David Cohen, Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle and Martine Vanhove 227
12. When ‘say’ is not say: The functional versatility of the Bantu quotative marker ti with special reference to Shona
Tom Güldemann 253
13. Reported speech in Egyptian: Forms, types and history
Frank Kammerzell and Carsten Peust 289
14. ‘Report’ constructions in Kambera (Austronesian)
Marian Klamer 323
15. All the same? The emergence of complementizers in Bislama
Miriam Meyerhoff 341
Part V. A comprehensive bibliography of reported discourse
16. A comprehensive bibliography of reported discourse
Tom Güldemann, Manfred von Roncador and Wim van der Wurff 363
Language index 417
Name index 419

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Functional & Systemic Ling
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112276
ISBN-13: 9781588112279
Pages: xii, 425 pp.
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