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Eun-Ju Noh's booklet presents an in depth examine linguistic metarepresentation exhibiting how ideals, utterances, and propositions are represented and the way they're inferred. the writer explains how metarepresentation works in a variety of different types of makes use of: quotations, negation, echo questions, and conditionals when it comes to fact stipulations and pragmatic enrichment. plentiful examples are supplied from the English language. The Read more...

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As a result, no ANALYSES OF QUOTATION 27 paraphrase of the form in (53) is available for (54), and it is not obvious how he would deal with these examples. A further objection to the demonstrative theory hinges on Davidson’s claim that quote marks are demonstrative. 2 that quotations are possible without the presence of overt quote marks. In the demonstrative theory, the role of pointing, which is essential on Davidson’s account, is performed by the quote marks, and without them, it is not clear what does the role of pointing.

B. He asked me where I came from. (61) a. ” b. He told me to leave at once. c. He told me I was to leave at once. In (60), the indirect speech in (b) has a different word order from that of the direct quotation in (a): it has the word order of declarative, although the wh- 30 METAREPRESENTATION word is fronted as is typical for an interrogative. ” In a similar vein, in (61), the indirect speech in (b) and (c) has a different form from the direct speech in (a). As Jespersen points out, in free indirect speech, only tense and person are shifted, so the sentence forms of questions and exclamations remain unchanged.

Peter: She had an exam on Wednesday. In (71), Peter may be understood as reporting Jane’s claim that she had an exam on Wednesday. On Davidson’s account, the hearer would have to infer that the utterance “She had an exam on Wednesday” was being presented as a case of samesaying with Jane’s original utterance. What this suggests is that the ‘samesaying’ part of Davidson’s analysis is the crucial one, and that the overt presence of a demonstrative, or even a verb of saying, is optional: samesaying can apparently exist and be recognised even in their absence.

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