LINGUIST List 26.3376

Tue Jul 21 2015

FYI: Call for Book Chapters: Indirect Reports

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 21-Jul-2015
From: Vahid Parvaresh <>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: Indirect Reports
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Book Title: ''Indirect Reports (and Pragmatics) in the World Languages''

This volume will be submitted to Alessandro Capone’s series PPPP (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy, Psychology):

Indirect reports are usually micro-narrations in which an event of saying something (on the part of an original speaker) is encapsulated into another event of saying something by another speaker (someone who happened to witness the original saying event). The reporting of a saying by an original speaker through the words of another speaker (a narrator) involves the issue of how a hearer (or reader) can separate voices and distinguish the original speaker’s voice from the (more or less legitimate) interpolations by another speaker (the reporter). We are interested in studying the similarities and differences among the practices of indirect reporting in the world languages.

We may study the following issues in connection with indirect reports:
- The language game of indirect reporting
- Relationship between direct and indirect reports
- Appositions as modes of presentations of NPs and sentential constituents
- Opacity and pragmatics
- Indirect reports as stories
- Indirect reports as summaries
- Indirect reports and interaction
- Implicit indirect reports
- Discourse markers in that-clauses of indirect reports (are they licit or not and are there any differences among the world languages)
- Indirect reports and implicit constituents of indirect reporting
- Indirect reports and belief reports
- Indirect reports and ‘de se’
- Indirect reports and indexicals in that-clauses (perceptual modes of presentation)
- Indirect reports and syntax (are errors imputable to the reporter or the reported speaker?)
- Indirect reports and eliminations (or additions) of constituents (see Wieland in Capone et al. 2013a)
- Indirect reports and slurs (who is responsible for the slurring expression? See Capone in Capone et al. 2013b)

Potential contributors are encouraged to send an abstract of 150-250 words plus a 200-word bio blurb to:

- Alessandro Capone (
- Vahid Parvaresh (

Deadline for abstract submission: December 1, 2015


Capone, A., Lo Piparo, F., Carapezza, M. eds. 2013a. Perspectives on pragmatics and Philosophy. Cha, Springer.
Capone, A., Lo Piparo, F., Carapezza, M. eds. 2013b. Perspectives on linguistic pragmatics. Springer.
Capone, A., Kiefer, F., Lo Piparo, F. eds. 2016. Indirect reports and pragmatics. Heidelberg, Springer.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

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