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Indirect Speech
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The function of reporting speech in any language consists of a speaker conveying or reflecting what another speaker said, wrote, or thought, either in the original speaker's terms or in the reporter's words. Direct speech corresponds to the former case, by which the exact terms of the speaker are quoted, whereas indirect speech (also called ‘reported speech’) corresponds to the latter case. As noted by Coulmas (1986:1), the notion of ‘verbatim rendition’ of direct-speech utterances varies from o…

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Madiha Doss, “Indirect Speech”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol2_0023>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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