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The Praxis of Indirect Reports

Cognitive, Sociopragmatic, and Philosophical Issues

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the philosophical points in indirect reporting

  • Deals with key concepts and covers neglected issues such as politeness and trust.

  • Contributes to a general theory of pragmatics as well as to a theory of indirect reporting

  • Is unique in introducing principles of commitment and immunity to the study of indirect reporting


Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Mostafa Morady Moghaddam
    Pages 1-19
  3. Mostafa Morady Moghaddam
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About this book


This book discusses the concept of indirect reporting in relation to sociopragmatic, philosophical, and cognitive factors. In addition, it deals with several state-of-the-art topics with regard to indirect reports, such as trust, politeness, refinery and photosynthetic processes and cognitive features. The book presents socio-cognitive accounts of indirect reports that take into consideration Grice’s Cooperation Principle and Sperber and Wilson’s Relevance Theory. It discusses direct and indirect reports and their similarities and differences, with a focus on the neglected role of the hearer in indirect reports. It presents an extensive comparison of translation and indirect reports (with a detailed discussion on reporting/translating slurring), and examines politeness issues and the role of trust. It deals with the main principles governing the use and interpretation of indirect reports (among them, the Principle of Commitment and the Principle of Immunity). Finally, the book discusses the idea of ‘common core’ and cross-cultural studies in reported speech and illustrates by means of an analysis of Persian reported speech, how subjectivity and uncertainty are presented among Persian speakers.


Sociophilosophical issues Quotation Sociocognitive conceptualisation of indirect reports Politeness Reported speech in Persian

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Shahrood University of TechnologyShahroodIran

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Praxis of Indirect Reports
  • Book Subtitle Cognitive, Sociopragmatic, and Philosophical Issues
  • Authors Mostafa Morady Moghaddam
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-14268-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-14271-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-14269-8
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 200
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Language
    Cognitive Linguistics
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