Content in Embedded Sentences

A Typology by Context Shift
  • Uli Sauerland
  • Mathias Schenner
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5398)


In this overview, we look at embedded clauses that report somebody’s attitude or speech. Semantic content in the embedded clause can in some such cases be interpreted from either of two perspectives: that of the speaker or that of the attitude holder/speaker being reported on. Other classes of content do not exhibit this ambiguity. Our overview shows which factors determine the interpretation of embedded linguistic and non-linguistic material and develop a partial explanation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uli Sauerland
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mathias Schenner
    • 2
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityUSA
  2. 2.ZAS BerlinGermany

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