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Response to Spronck and Nikitina “Reported speech forms a dedicated syntactic domain”

Rumsey, Alan


I am grateful for the chance to respond to this interesting and valuable study. The ubiquity of reported speech constructions in human languages is a remarkable fact about them, bearing out Bakhtin’s (1984: 143) dictum that that we “live in a world of others’ words”. But despite its ubiquity and functional distinctiveness, as Spronck and Nikitina (S&N) show us, the category of reported speech (RS) is harder to pin down than we might think. First of all there are problems with the term...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Linguistic Typology
DOI: 10.1515/lingty-2019-0013


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