Direct/Indirect Discourse
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Direct discourse and indirect discourse refer to words or thoughts produced in another context by secondary speakers, with marks ranging from syntax to deixis, modality and evidentiality. In Ancient Greek there is a blurred distinction between direct and indirect discourse features on the syntactic and deictic levels: in many hóti-clauses, 1sg. and 2sg. persons refer to a ‘logophoric center’.

Direct discourse and indirect discourse refer to what is included under the general term ‘reported discourse’. Re…

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Jean-Christophe Pitavy, “Direct/Indirect Discourse”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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