Direct/Indirect Speech
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Abstract

Direct and indirect speech are varieties of reported speech. In Ancient Greek, indirect speech may take different forms: a subordinate clause with a finite verb, an infinitive clause or a participle clause. In indirect speech, the optative mood often replaces the original mood of the verb after a past-tense verb of speaking.

1. Introduction

Direct and indirect speech are subtypes of reported speech. The distinctio…

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Eirik Welo, “Direct/Indirect Speech”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 28 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000111>
First published online: 2013



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