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Indirect Reports and Pragmatics

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Alessandro Capone
  • Ferenc Kiefer
  • Franco Lo Piparo
  • The only current volume that highlights indirect reports as an important issue in the philosophy of language

  • Offers contributions by eminent philosophers and linguists in an interdisciplinary setting

  • Various perspectives on indirect reports and their bearing on the semantics/pragmatics debate


Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Alessandro Capone, Ferenc Kiefer, Franco Lo Piparo
    Pages 1-5
  3. The (Social) Praxis of Indirect Reports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Ferenc Kiefer
      Pages 77-92
    3. Neal R. Norrick
      Pages 93-113
    4. Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Ruth Kempson
      Pages 115-150
    5. Meredith Marra, Janet Holmes
      Pages 151-165
    6. Elisabeth Holt
      Pages 167-187
    7. Jock Wong
      Pages 189-209
    8. Keith Allan
      Pages 211-232
    9. Luvell Anderson
      Pages 253-264
  4. Indirect Reports in Philosophy of Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Wayne A. Davis
      Pages 291-332
    3. Manuel García-Carpintero
      Pages 333-358
    4. Michel Seymour
      Pages 359-382

About this book


This volume offers the reader a singular overview of current thinking on indirect reports. The contributors are eminent researchers from the fields of philosophy of language, theoretical linguistics, and communication theory, who answer questions on this important issue. This exciting area of controversy has until now mostly been treated from the viewpoint of philosophy. This volume adds the views from semantics, conversation analysis and sociolinguistics.

Authors address matters such as the issue of semantic minimalism vs. radical contextualism, the attribution of responsibility for the modes of presentation associated with Noun Phrases, and how to distinguish the indirect reporter’s responsibility from the original speaker’s responsibility. They also explore the connection between indirect reporting and direct quoting. Clearly indirect reporting has some bearing on the semantics/pragmatics debate, however, there is much controversy on “what is said”, whether this is a minimal semantic logical form (enriched by saturating pronominals) or a much richer and fully contextualized logical form. This issue will be discussed from several angles. Many of the authors are contextualists and the discussion brings out the need to take context into account when one deals with indirect reports, both the context of the original utterance and the context of the report. It is interesting to see how rich cues and clues can radically transform the reported message, assigning illocutionary force, and how they can be mobilized to distinguish several voices in the utterance. Decoupling the voice of the reporting speaker from that of the reported speaker on the basis of rich contextual clues is an important issue that pragmatic theory has to tackle. Articles on the issue of slurs will bring new light to the issue of decoupling responsibility in indirect reporting, while others are theoretically oriented and deal with deep problems in philosophy and epistemology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Capone
    • 1
  • Ferenc Kiefer
    • 2
  • Franco Lo Piparo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Cognitive SciencesUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Linguistics DepartmentHungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Institute for LinguisticsBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Indirect Reports and Pragmatics
  • Book Subtitle Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Editors Alessandro Capone
    Ferenc Kiefer
    Franco Lo Piparo
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-21394-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79340-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-21395-8
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 648
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
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