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About the SpeakerTowards a Syntax of Indexicality$
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Alessandra Giorgi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571895.001.0001

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When Somebody Else is Speaking: Free Indirect Discourse

When Somebody Else is Speaking: Free Indirect Discourse

(p.182) 6 When Somebody Else is Speaking: Free Indirect Discourse
About the Speaker

Alessandra Giorgi

Oxford University Press

In this chapter I consider the properties of the so-called Free Indirect Discourse, which is a peculiar literary style created with the precise purpose of giving rise to a particular narrative effect. I show that FID sentences can be interpreted by means of the same grammatical apparatus needed in “normal” sentences, once we understand and describe the grammar underlyingthe device. I show that the semantics of FID contexts can directly directly off their syntax, as in the other cases discussed in this book. I argue that this style constitutes the mirror image of the dependencies from the future discussed in the previous chapter. Finally, I propose that the syntax must include an additional root layer, which I dub the informational layer.

Keywords:   Free Indirect Discourse, first person, pronouns, indexical temporal locution, imperfect, past tense

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